Hybrid-energy module for remote environmental observations, instruments, and communications
New technology adds value to monitoring, observational, and experimental sites in remote areas.
Develop and deploy an advanced energy, data acquisition, and communication system for use in remote field applications.
A robust and scalable hybrid-energy module, and repeater module, proved reliable throughout a 2-year period at field sites near Council, Alaska.
Power requirements for the two modules are 60 and 30W, respectively and operate year-round, which is sufficient to operate eddy covariance system and all ancillary meteorological measurements.
Power and communication at remote field sites is growing and researchers need reliable setups for instrumentation, sensors, and data acquisition systems.
This hybrid-energy module meets those requirements and is being upgraded to include a fuel-cell for expanded power production.
This research was supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the US Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 as part of the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE Arctic) project.