Minneapolis, MN — Banner Engineering’s FlexPower™ Solar Supply, BWA-SOLAR-001, delivers a complete solution specifically designed for powering SureCross™ Wireless Network devices—offering an integrated charge controller, rechargeable battery pack, AC wall charger and mounting hardware. The battery pack recharges in direct sunlight and continues to power the SureCross™ devices autonomously when sunlight is not available. The Solar Supply is an ideal solution for applications where wired power is not available or that require more power than a single-cell DX81 battery supply can provide.
Solar Supply Example 1: Continuously Monitoring a 4-20 mA Transmitter
Often, in the oil and gas industry, the high value of the product requires that flow is measured continuously. Examples include custody transfer, remote drilling, and pipeline flow applications. A single FlexPower™ Solar Supply provides enough current to continuously power a 4-20 mA two-wire transmitter and FlexPower™ Node. This application requires an average of 80 minutes of sunlight per day and provides about 10 days of power without sunlight.
Solar Supply Example 2: Wireless Network Range Extension
Extend the range of Banner’s SureCross™ Wireless I/O network using solar-powered Data Radios. The FlexPower™ Solar Solution provides continuous power to a Data Radio and FlexPower™ Gateway. To complete the wireless network, battery or solar-powered Nodes collect I/O data up to 3 miles away. Visit www.bannerengineering.com for an overview of SureCross™ Wireless Network architecture.
Battery Backup Feature
The FlexPower™ Solar Supply can be used in addition to the DX81P6 Six-Pack Battery Supply as a backup power source. If the solar panel is damaged, the DX81P6 Battery Supply will provide backup power for a few weeks or longer depending on the load. For example, the battery backup can support a 2-wire sensor powered continuously with 15V at 20mA and a FlexPower™ Node transmitting once per second for up to 30 days.
Reduce Waste and Save Money with Solar
Banner’s FlexPower™ Solar Supply is a stand-alone power option that enables wireless sensing where wired power is not available. The use of rechargeable batteries reduces the number of batteries necessary for long-term operation and ultimately minimizes electronic waste and saves money.
Visit BannerEngineering.com/Solar for more information.
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