Today’s solar customers have an almost bewildering array of choices (and acronyms) for linking the gateway to their router. There are Wi-Fi extenders, or Ethernet cables such as Ethernet-over-powerline (EoP), where wires used to distribute power inside homes also transmit digital data based on time division multiple access (TDMA) technology. You can even use old-school CAT-5 or CAT-6 Ethernet cables. Each option has its strengths and weaknesses, and the right answer for one installation may not work for another.
On March 29th, Christopher Barrett of APsystems will help you match your hardware choices to the size and layout of the house, with proven technologies and products to ensure uninterrupted, round-the-clock monitoring.
Attendees will learn:
- Understand the data monitoring signal chain
- Match connection technologies to each installation
- Wireless may not always be the best solution
Christopher Barrett, Director of Engineering & Technical Services, APsystems
Christopher brings more than 20 years’ experience in the solar and semiconductor industries. He most recently worked as Technical Services Manager for SolarBridge Technologies, directing a multinational support center which monitored global PV installations, provided support and dispatched technicians to the field.
He previously held management positions in product marketing, customer and technical support and engineering for Brooks Automation; worked as Global Sourcing Manager for Netmercury Corporation’s automated supply chain division; and was Strategic Project Manager for Ferrotec Corp.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science (industrial engineering with business management) from Keene State University, and an Associate of Science (electromechanical drafting and design technology) from New Hampshire Technical College.
Kathie Zipp, Moderator, Solar Power World
After graduating from Kent State University, Kathie was introduced into the world of trade journalism, specifically in the renewable energy sector. She takes what she learned from covering the wind industry into writing about the technology, installation and development of solar energy. Kathie feels grateful to be writing about solar in such an exciting time for the industry. She is inspired by the wonderful people she meets in solar, with their passion, innovation and wish to do good for the planet. Kathie also loves the opportunity she gets to travel in her career, and continues to do so in her personal time as well.