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Onset Offers Renewable Energy System Monitoring

May 16, 2008

The Web-based solution provides real-time remote access to performance data from green roofs, solar-power systems, wind turbines, and other similar types of systems.


BOURNE, MA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Onset Computer Corp., the HOBO data logger company, unveiled the HOBO U30/Wi-Fi Remote Monitoring System, a Web-based monitoring system that provides real-time remote access to energy and environmental data over any Wi-Fi network.

As the latest addition to Onset's line of HOBO U30 Remote Monitoring Systems, the HOBO U30/Wi-Fi provides a simple and cost-effective means of verifying the effectiveness of green roofs, solar-power systems, wind turbines, and other types of renewable energy systems. It accurately measures, records, and documents critical performance data that can be used to obtain green/energy-related rebates and credits.

"Verifying the performance of renewable energy systems is necessary not only for customer satisfaction but also to satisfy the criteria that various rebate agencies have for documenting a system's performance," explains Tom Wineman, owner of Clean Energy Design, a renewable energy design company. "The HOBO U30/Wi-Fi makes it easy to measure and verify system performance over time, and provides alarms for instant notification of any system problems that might be occurring. For installers, this can reduce or eliminate diagnostic time in the field."

The HOBO U30/Wi-Fi combines rugged data logging hardware with integrated Wi-Fi communications, and is versatile enough to use in both indoor and outdoor environments. Users can easily and quickly plug in their choice of sensors and connect to a Wi-Fi network without having to worry about cumbersome communications cables or wiring. Sensors are available for measuring air temperature, relative humidity, sunlight, wind, kW, kWh, AC voltage, AC amps, DC amps, pressure, CO2, and more.

To view and analyze data, Onset offers HOBOlink, a revolutionary new, Web-enabled software platform. HOBOlink allows users to access current and historical data, set alarm notifications and relay activations, and manage and control remote HOBO U30/Wi-Fi systems right from their desktop.

The HOBO U30/Wi-Fi provides around-the-clock monitoring of various types of renewable energy systems. For example, it can track wind turbine efficiency by measuring wind speed, wind direction, and output power. In solar-power applications, it can verify the performance of photovoltaic array systems by monitoring solar radiation, DC power, and other parameters. On green roofs, it can document performance by tracking air temperature, wind, soil moisture, and rainfall.

Pricing and Availability
The HOBO U30/Wi-Fi is currently available from Onset and is priced at $724. Sensors and accessories are priced separately.

About Onset
Onset Computer Corp. is a world leader in portable data logging and monitoring solutions, based on Cape Cod, MA. The company's HOBO data logger and weather station products are used around the world in a broad range of monitoring applications, from verifying the performance of green buildings and renewable energy systems to agricultural and coastal research. Onset has sold more than 1 million data loggers since the company's founding in 1981.


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