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Vol. 191, Issue 8, August 2015, pp. 120-125




Self-Sustaining Weather Sensor Networks for Microgrid Stabilization

Conrad CHONG, Zachary DORMAN, Kenny LUONG, Christie OBATAKE, Andy PHAM, Ryan WALSER, * Anthony KUH

* Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2540 Dole Street, 96822, USA
* Tel.: 510-708-2982, fax: 808-956-229

* E-mail: kuh@hawaii.edu


Received: 24 June 2015 /Accepted: 30 July 2015 /Published: 31 August 2015

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: In the Galvin Electricity Initiative, a microgrid is defined as a “small scale version of the central electricity system” 1. Renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic (PV), are intermittent, which raises concern when considering their integration on a large scale 2. Through the creation of a self-sufficient, wireless weather sensor network, we present a step towards forming a method to track current weather conditions and predict future patterns. Each node in the network relays solar irradiance, barometric pressure, relative humidity and temperature to a server via a transceiver. Data is collected at approximately one sample per second and sent back to a server where it is stored into a relational database. Deployment on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus has begun as a part of the Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) initiative.


Keywords: Renewable energy, Sensor nodes, Wireless sensor network.


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