Chilicon Power announces the CP-100 Gateway, a 7″ capacitive-touch tablet that provides powerline communication (PLC) to CP-250 microinverters with integrated Wi-Fi and zWave wireless modules. The CP-100 is a user friendly monitoring appliance for every residential and commercial solar array.
Chilicon powerline communication has been built ground-up by former NASA engineers using advanced signal processing techniques and provides the most robust powerline communication in the industry. It is no longer necessary to locate the Gateway near the solar distribution panel in order to close the link with microinverters. Instead, virtually any socket in a customer residence can be used.
The Gateway can be flush mounted to the wall with a spring clip kit that ships with each unit creating a point of presence for home automation control in addition to demand-side monitoring so that customers are provided with the full picture of their local power budget.
The Gateway operates on residential split-phase, commercial three-phase, and international single-phase grids. One Gateway can monitor and control 255 Chilicon inverters and up to 230 zWave slave nodes. The Gateway is also able to monitor inverters from other micro, string, and central inverter manufacturers using wireless CT clamp technology on a zWave network.
“When end customers spend the effort and resource to update their building to operate sustainably, they appreciate having a modern and user friendly appliance they can glance at any time to see the production status of their system,” said Dr. Christopher R. Jones, Co-founder of Chilicon Power. “The extensibility of the Gateway provides upsell capability to installers for demand side monitoring, lighting control, and many other zWave-based applications,” added Alexandre Kral, Co-founder of Chilicon Power.
Cosmetically, the Gateway offers multiple graphic skins for day and night optimized viewing.
MSRP pricing at $379 in single unit quantities leads for value for a device in this class.
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