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Embodiments of a network topology for monitoring and controlling an array of solar panels include an intelligent node adapted to send and receive data and commands by at least two redundant means of communication. An intelligent node includes a solar panel, a node controller, a photovoltaic module, a bypass relay, a bypass bus, PLC and wireless communication interfaces for redundant means of communication, and sensor and actuator interfaces for monitoring and controlling the intelligent node. A PV module in the intelligent node may selectively be bypassed without interrupting network communications. Some embodiments include a plurality of intelligent nodes electrically connected serially into a chain of nodes and further connected to a gateway. Other embodiments include a plurality of chains of nodes connected to an inverter and a transformer, thereby defining an area. Additional embodiments further include a central server in communication with a plurality of areas.

Title
Network topology for monitoring and controlling a solar panel array
Application Number
12/243890
Publication Number
8264195 (B2)
Application Date
October 1, 2008
Publication Date
September 11, 2012
Inventor
Shinichi Takada
Fremont
CA, US
Toru Takehara
Foster City
CA, US
Agent
GSS Law Group
Assignee
Paceco
CA, US
IPC
H02J 7/00
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