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Energies 2011, 4(1), 68-89; doi:10.3390/en4010068

A Low Cost Wireless Data Acquisition System for a Remote Photovoltaic (PV) Water Pumping System

Chemical and Processes Engineering Department, National School of Engineering of Gabes, Gabes University, Omar Ibn El Khattab Street, 6029 Gabes, Tunisia
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Received: 13 October 2010 / Revised: 14 December 2010 / Accepted: 23 December 2010 / Published: 4 January 2011

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This paper presents the design and development of a 16F877 microcontroller-based wireless data acquisition system and a study of the feasibility of different existing methodologies linked to field data acquisition from remote photovoltaic (PV) water pumping systems. Various existing data transmission techniques were studied, especially satellite, radio, Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). The system’s hardware and software and an application to test its performance are described. The system will be used for reading, storing and analyzing information from several PV water pumping stations situated in remote areas in the arid region of the south of Tunisia. The remote communications are based on the GSM network and, in particular, on the Short text Message Service (SMS). With this integrated system, we can compile a complete database of the different parameters related to the PV water pumping systems of Tunisia. This data could be made available to interested parties over the Internet. View Full-Text
Keywords: data acquisition system; data transmission; Global System of Mobile communication (GSM); Short Message Service (SMS); PV water pumping system; remote regions data acquisition system; data transmission; Global System of Mobile communication (GSM); Short Message Service (SMS); PV water pumping system; remote regions
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Mahjoubi, A.; Fethi Mechlouch, R.; Ben Brahim, A. A Low Cost Wireless Data Acquisition System for a Remote Photovoltaic (PV) Water Pumping System. Energies 2011, 4, 68-89.

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