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Solar Monitoring System in Malawi

Bagula, A, M Zennaro and M Nkoloma (2011) Solar Monitoring System in Malawi. In Proceedings ITU Kaleidoscope 2011.

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This paper describes recent work on the development of a wireless based remote monitoring system for renewable energy plants in Malawi. The main goal was to develop a cost effective data acquisition system that continuously presents remote energy yields and performance measures. A test bed comprising of a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant has been set up at Malavi Primary School and a central management system at Malawi Polytechnic. The project output gives direct access to generated electric power at the rural site through the use of wireless sensor boards and text message (SMS) transmission over cellular network. The SMS recipient at the central site houses an intelligent management system based on FrontlineSMS for hosting SMSs and publishing remote measurement trends over the Internet. Preliminary experimental results reveal that the performance of renewable energy systems in remote rural sites can be evaluated efficiently at low cost.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:SMS, Wireless Sensors, Solar Power, Remote Monitoring
ID Code:727
Deposited By:Bagula, Antoine
Deposited On:05 December 2011