Member News: Phoenix Contact Solarworx – SunSpec

Erwin Breukelman,
Senior Project Manager
Business Unit “Industry Solutions Solar Energy”
Phoenix Contact Electronics GmbH
Bad Pyrmont, Germany
ebreukelman@phoenixcontact.com

phoenixcontactsolarworx

Solarworx is a collection of function block libraries for Phoenix Contact’s industrial controllers that can be freely programmed within the framework of IEC 61131. Solarworx also includes specific libraries for creating applications with SunSpec®-compatible profiles. Since the controller as well as numerous other modules for analog or digital communication can be freely programmed, it is possible to create various devices supported by the SunSpec® profile. Providing functions not only as a server but also as a client, the library enables a nearly unlimited number of different applications.

In addition to the SunSpec®-compatible function block libraries, customers can also order completely implemented systems and devices such as weather stations transmitting their data to the SCADA system via SunSpec®. Moreover, Phoenix Contact offers a solution for converting DC monitoring systems for different manufacturers’ combiner boxes such as SOLARCHECK (Phoenix Contact), Transclinix (Weidmüller), or bloxx (Ganter) to the compliant SunSpec® profile.

The client function can be used to monitor and control leading manufacturers’ inverters with SunSpec® profiles. By additionally using the battery systems’ SunSpec® profiles, customers can create universal systems which can be individualized according to specific requirements.

You’d like to learn more about Phoenix Contact’s solar energy solutions? Come and visit us at Booth No. phoenixcontactimg14944 at SPI in Anaheim, California, from September 14 – 16, 2015.

Figure: The Solarworx function block library can be used to create applications with a SunSpec® profile. a_0057785
Figure: Phoenix Contact offers a weather station with SunSpec® profile for data transfer to the SCADA system.  a_0065664

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