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Collect from Sunspec Inverters and send the data to your cloud using Ardexa

Project description

Purpose

Sunspec Alliance (https://sunspec.org/) is a trade alliance of more than 100 solar and storage distributed energy industry participants, together pursuing information standards to enable “plug & play” system interoperability. SunSpec standards address operational aspects of solar PV power and energy storage plants on the smart grid—including residential, commercial, and utility-scale systems—thus reducing cost, promoting technology innovation, and accelerating industry growth.

How does it work

This application is written in Python, to query Sunspec compatible devices connected via Ethernet or RS485. This application will query 1 or more connected devices at regular intervals. Data will be written to log files on disk in a directory specified by the user. Usage and command line parameters are as follows:

Install

On a raspberry Pi, or other Linux machines (arm, intel, mips or whetever), make sure Python is installed (which it should be). Then install the dependancies and this package as follows:

git clone --recursive https://github.com/sunspec/pysunspec.git
cd pysunspec
sudo python setup.py install
sudo pip install sunspec_ardexa

Usage

To scan the whole (1-255) or part of the Sunspec address range and print out the device metadata, do the following Note that the port default is 502 if not specified, and baud default is 115200 if not specified. Here are is the usage and some examples:

Usage: sunspec_ardexa discover IP_address/Device_Node Bus_Addresses
Example 1: sunspec_ardexa discover 192.168.1.3 1-5
Example 2: sunspec_ardexa discover 192.168.1.3 1,3-5 --port=502
Example 3: sunspec_ardexa discover /dev/ttyUSB0 1,3,5 --baud 115200
Example 4: sunspec_ardexa discover /dev/ttyUSB0 1

To send production data to a file on disk

Usage: sunspec_ardexa log IP_address/Device_Node Bus_Addresses Output_directory
Example 1: sunspec_ardexa log 192.168.1.3 1-5 /opt/ardexa
Example 2: sunspec_ardexa log 192.168.1.3 1,3-5 /opt/ardexa --port=502
Example 3: sunspec_ardexa log /dev/ttyUSB0 1,3,5 /opt/ardexa --baud 115200
Example 4: sunspec_ardexa log /dev/ttyUSB0 1 /opt/ardexa
  • IP_address/Device_Node = ..something like: 192.168.1.4 or /dev/ttyUSB0
  • Bus_Addresses = List of bus addresses using commas and hyphens, e.g. 1-4,6,10-20 (this is an RS485 address, NOT Ethernet).
  • Output_directory = logging directory; eg; /opt/ardexa. The data will be written to subdirectories, and the latest data is stored in a latest.csv. All data is kept for historical purposes.
  • To view debug output, increase the verbosity using the -v flag. Standard (no messages, except errors), -v (discovery messages) or -vv (all messages)

Sunspec devices

In this project, please take a look at the 'docs' directory. This is a document from Sunspec that details their specification (not subject to change). Ardexa currently collecs inverter and storage types. However the discover will show all devices.

Inverter Types:

  • Delta Inverters use 19200 baud by default
  • Solaredge Inverters use 115200 baud by default

Collecting to the Ardexa cloud

Collecting to the Ardexa cloud is free for up to 3 Raspberry Pis (or equivalent). Ardexa provides free agents for ARM, Intel x86 and MIPS based processors. To collect the data to the Ardexa cloud do the following:

  • Create a RUN scenario to schedule the Ardexa Sunspec script to run at regular intervals (say every 300 seconds/5 minutes).
  • Then use a CAPTURE scenario to collect the csv (comma separated) data from the filename latest.csv in /opt/ardexa/....
  • The Docs directory contains a sample of the mapping and Ardexa yaml file.

Help

Contact Ardexa at support@ardexa.com, and we'll do our best efforts to help.

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