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greenMonitor™ Renewable Energy System monitoring software
We specialize in producing low power data logging and acquisition solutions for renewable energy system owners and installers.greenLogger Lite
All of our hardware solutions include a 12 month limited warranty (24 months on the greenLogger Lite) on defects in materials or workmanship, in addition to any manufacturer warranties on materials. For hardware service, please contact customer support for a Return Material Authorization number. Shipping and handling to and from Austin, Texas, along with any export fees or duties, is not included.
The greenMonitor Renewable Energy System monitoring software is available separately for installation on almost any platform that supports the Java® runtime environment and at least one serial port (RS-232) or a USB port capable of supporting a USB to RS-232 adapter, including Microsoft® Windows® and Linux®.
greenMonitor Individual Standard Edition
The greenMonitor Individual Edition software is designed for an individual system owner or sole-proprietor renewable energy system installer who either owns a single OutBack Power Technologies system, or who is a small business with a limited number of customers. The Individual Standard Edition software includes all of the advanced management tools and display applications as well as the gmServer individual system monitoring server.
greenMonitor Individual Advanced Edition
The greenMonitor Individual Edition software is designed for an individual system owner or sole-proprietor renewable energy system installer who either owns a single OutBack Power Technologies system, or who is a small business with a limited number of customers. The Individual Advanced Edition software includes everything in the Invidual Standard Edition, as well as support for Modbus devices and other 3rd party hardware.
greenMonitor Site Edition
The greenMonitor Site Edition software is designed for an individual renewable energy installation having more than one Mate display controller. Typical applications are installations with more than a total of 10 inverters, charge controllers and battery monitors combined into multiple seperate systems.
greenMonitor Business Edition
The greenMonitor Business Edition software is designed for professional installation and maintenance businesses having one or more employees responsible for the installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems.
For information about a few of our clients and how they are using our products and services, please read our case studies page.
Specific hardware requirements are based on the number of monitored systems, as well as the operating system being used to operate the greenMonitor software.
Typical memory requirements are 512MB of RAM, plus 128MB of RAM for each additional monitored system. For server-class operating systems, such as Windows 2003 Server and Linux, memory requirements will be lower due to shared memory utilization.
Typical processor requirements are satisfied based on operating system support. For AMD Geode process class systems (found in our ultra low power greenLogger Lite system), a single Mate display controller with up to ten attached devices can be monitored.
Typical network bandwidth is minimal, and based on the number of display clients which are connected to the greenMonitor product. All network connected system performance values assume suitable network connectivity of 1KB per second per connection. For a 100BaseT (100 megabits per second) Local Area Network (LAN), the total number of network monitored systems and client connections should be limited to 500 or fewer. For a 1000BaseT (1 gigabit per second) LAN, the total number of network monitored systems and client connections should be limited to 5,000 or fewer. We have not tested on 10BaseT LANs or T1 or T3 Wide Area Networks. Due to high bandwidth requirements during certain operations, we do not recommend more than 25 connections per individual T1 circuit. WiFi (Wireless) network performance limits depend on specific wireless hardware and the wireless access point configuration. We recommend not more than 25 monitored system per 801.11g channel. Note that due to sharing between clients on a wireless channel, we recommend that multiple data streams be consolidated using a wired network prior to transmitting over an 801.11g connection.
Typical hard disk space requirements are based on the level of detail in the logged data. At the highest level of detail, storage requirements are approximately 25MB per day per system. This assumes per-second logging and per minute statistical data storage for a Mate display controller connected to a fully configured Hub 10. At the lowest level of detail, storage requirements are approximately 2.5MB per day per system. This assumes per-second logging, with no statistical data storage, for a Mate display controller connected to a fully configured Hub 10.
Our system monitoring products require that the renewable energy system have a source for the data, such as an OutBack Power Systems Mate display controller, or Modbus interfaces for Modbus-enabled devices, and all of the needed components. You will need a Linux or Microsoft Windows operating system compatible system, or a greenLogger data logger for the greenMonitor software. The following list is not inclusive and installers with questions should contact our sales department.
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The following software features apply to both the stand-alone software products, as well as the embedded hardware solutions listed above.
Logging and Reporting
As with competitors products, the greenMonitor system provides full details on the real-time performance of your Outback Power Systems or Morningstar installation. Additionally, highly detailed data is logged on a per-minute or per-hour basis in an industry standard XML file format. No need for third-party database products or off-site records storage.
A complete set of user-configurable actions can be added to the system configuration file, making a wide range of event notifications possible, using either e-mail or SMS (for SMS users with e-mailable addresses). The gmEvents tool allows you to easily define custom events and notifications.
Unlike our competitors products which may require workarounds to get onto the Internet, the greenMonitor software was designed from the ground-up to be network capable. And because it was designed from the start to be network accessible, it is also sharable, allowing system owners and maintenance personnel to look at the same data at the same time to solve customer problems. There's no need to send files to customer support to be reviewed, simply contact your monitoring service (if you are a customer) or access your customer's system (if you are a dealer / installer) and review the system's behavior in real-time.
Unlike our competitors' products which use weak "Simple Substitution Ciphers" and allow "Replay Attacks", the greenMonitor software supports per-user accounts with individual passwords per user, strong passwords based on the MD5 Hash, authentication timestamps to prevent replay attacks, and remaindering to prevent guessing the original password.
Each user account can be enabled or disabled individually, with the results taking effect immediately (or as soon as any active connections are terminated). An integrated Firewall and Intrusion Detection System prevents repeated attacks from taking place, even if the attacker is successful at guessing the required authentication information.
greenMonitor includes four Java™ technology based applets which can be embedded in your website, in addition to being useful on their own. A number of PHP files, preconfigured in our greenMonitor Lite product, are included as well for embedding bar charts into websites or producing your own on-line monitoring web pages. In addition, the gmMobile command is included for remote system viewing on smart phones, tablets and web browsers.
In addition to the greenMonitor software, we also offer connection solutions to attach your renewable energy system components to your computer system, as well as weather station options for integrating weather and system performance data.
Texas residents, please add 8.25% state sales tax. All prices are F.O.B. Austin, Texas and exclude packaging and shipping (except the greenLogger products, as noted on the pricing web page) as well as export / import fees and duties.
Please contact customer support to report any hardware or software problems with your greenMonitor or greenLogger product. For software support, you may use the software download page to download an updated installation image if your issue has already been corrected in the current release. If you have a system performance problem, and you've installed greenMonitor already, we are available to diagnose your system problems on-line on a consulting basis.
greenMonitor versus WattPlot
WattPlot from Intallact is one of the older products for monitoring OutBack Power Technologies equipment. The product is now very outdated and many of the features have severe limitations. The software itself is built on obsolete runtime environments, such as "WinSock" and the software installer has difficulties with newer versions of Microsoft Windows, requiring customers to install the software on separate disk drives or run it in an emulation mode.
Many of the claimed features of WattPlot are limited to the much more expensive license levels, such as WattPlot PRO (required for automatic actions) or WattPlot MultiMATE (required to access systems containing more than one Mate display controller), or do not function as claimed (compressed log files do not have the claimed resolution or contents). You may read a complete product comparison on this page.
greenMonitor versus Envi, TED 5000 and other CT-based monitors
There is a growing trend in renewable energy system monitoring towards ever lower prices and price points as the costs of the system components -- inverters, charge controllers and solar panels -- continues to fall. While some price reductions are possible due to lower system component prices, or the use of different hardware platforms, much of the price reductions are at the expense of monitoring functionality.
The two most commonly discussed products within the solar power industry are the Envi and TED 5000 power monitors. Both devices use current transformers to measure current flows between over various wires, such as between the utility electric meter and the renewable energy system, or between the inverter and the power disconnect. Neither of those devices are capable of providing any other status information, including the status of system components. Additionally, the companies behind these products are not in the renewable energy design, installation, maintenance or monitoring business. Our experience with the TED 5000 is that it requires significant experience with the product itself to install and configure properly.
Both the Envi and TED 5000 power monitors require third-party software in order to view the data over the Internet. This raises significant concerns about future compatibility between existing installed systems and newer third party software. The TED 5000 was supported by Google PowerMeter, but that service was cancelled in 2011. In addition, because the installer or customer does not own the web servers, customer requested features may be impossible to implement. Finally, it's been our experience that data ownership provides significant value in terms of future system upgrades as well as installer brand recognition. We often use actual customer data when sizing systems for clients in the same area, or when sizing upgrades.
Proper system monitoring requires knowing more than just the number of kilowatt-hours produced at any given time. Our predicted power output feature allows you to compare theoretical system output against actual system output to determine if the proper amount of power is being produced on any given day or time. Gradual system degradation, which cannot be detected by products such as the Envi or TED 5000, is immediately obvious. With the APRS World Wind Data Logger, environmental sensors such as pyranometers and panel temperature sensors, additional advantages over those CT-only products are realized. Our support for the Smart Circuit 20 means that you can monitor and control an unlimited number of 20 amp circuits at the same time you monitor system performance. And because we don't require a third-party web server, we're able to provide monitoring services in areas with little or no Internet connectivity.
Detailed price information, including dealer and reseller prices and discounts, is here.
greenHouse Gas and Electric was founded in 2011 as a way to separate the renewable energy products which were developed by our owner from the low power computing products originally at the heart of greenHouse Computers, LLC. With the overwhelming volume of our sales now focused in renewable energy systems monitoring products, it's time to separate the low-power and off-grid computing solutions from the renewable energy system products. Thus, greenHouse Gas and Electric was born to serve as your source for the most advanced monitoring and control products available for off-grid and battery-backed systems users and installers.Important Notice:
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