|Solar energy monitoring and tracking using your Palm OS handheld|
|Track Solar Output in a Real-Time Graph||Go Wireless|
|Monitor All the Key Performance Data at a Glance||Enjoy outstanding Ease-of-Use at the Lowest Cost|
|Keep a Record of Session Performance||Approved for California Rebate|
|Monitor the Entire Solar Plant||Palm PDA Source|
|Log Data for Analysis and Backup||Compatibility|
|Select What Data You Want to View and Track||Installation|
|Get Started Quickly and Easily||Downloads|
|Power and PV voltage gauges display current and maximum system output every 10 seconds.
A bar graph displays the power output during the previous and current session. The power output closest to the hour is conveniently marked for you. Tap on the Palm OS touch screent to display the output and time of any line on the graph.
|All the key performance data is displayed for easy monitoring.
You can also select 2 additional performance measurements from any of the available Sunny Boy channels.
Sunny Buddy displays and saves the system performance for each session (a session is typically 24 hours).
You can review each session for up to a year of sessions with a simple tap of your finger.
The session performance is also saved in a spreadsheet format on the removable memory card.
Sunny Buddy monitors from 1 to 50 inverters.
Select what data you want to view for the entire solar plant.
Sunny Buddy also marks active, inactive, and non-responsive inverters for you automatically.
You can even assign your own convenient nickname for each inverter.
Interval and session data are also recorded on the Palm removable SD memory card.
They are saved in spreadsheet format for easy analysis and display on your desktop computer.
The memory card may be removed, inserted, or swapped while Sunny Buddy is running. Use a SD card reader or CardExport II software on your Palm PDA to access the data from your desktop computer.
|You can select two additional channels to view and track in addition to the key performance channels that Sunny Buddy automatically collects.|
|Connect Sunny Buddy directly to a Sunny Boy inverter or inverter network and you can begin viewing and tracking data immediately.
Sunny Buddy does not require a Sunny Boy Control or a personal computer.
Sunny Buddy automatically configures itself to the solar plant and immediately starts displaying and recording solar power performance. You can even mix different Sunny Boy inverter models in the same solar plant.
|Use a pair of the inexpensive Maxstream XCite Radio Modems
for a wireless connection up to 1,000 feet between your Sunny Boy and Sunny Buddy.
Maxstream has other compatible radio modems for distances up to 40 miles.
No Sunny Boy Control or personal computer is needed for using Sunny Buddy.
What you need to use Sunny Buddy:
|See the section on Palm PDA Source for places where you can purchase the Palm PDA and serial cradle.|
|Get form NSHP-2 at California's Solar Initiative Rebate Program.|
|Enter "Poohbah Industries SB-001" as your System Performance Meter.|
|Include a copy of the email receipt you received when you purchased Sunny Buddy and your receipts for the Palm PDA and serial cradle.|
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The Grand Poohbah recommends that you purchase the m505 or m515 model with the RS-232 serial cradle.
The serial cradle can be purchased from itsnothere or the Sunny Buddy On-Line Store
Note - if you purchase the Palm PDA for use with Sunny Buddy, the Palm PDA is also eligible for the California Rebate.
Sunny Buddy is compatible with
|Sunny Buddy model number: SB-001, version 1.0|
|Palm memory required: 100K plus 5K for each inverter.|
|Also see Product Specifications.|
|Integrity Instruments Model 485-9E RS-485/232 Converter|
|Integrity Instruments Model PS9CST Power supply|
|Radio Shack Catalog #26-264 Null Modem Adapter|
|Sunny Buddy Flyer (2 pages)|
|Sunny Buddy User Guide (29 pages)|
|SMA RS-232 Installation Tech Note (15 pages)|
|SMA RS-485 Installation Tech Note (7 pages)|