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Banner Engineering has introduced the BWA-Solar-001 Flexpower Solar Supply, which powers Surecross wireless network devices.

The supply features an integrated charge controller, rechargeable battery pack, AC wall charger and mounting hardware.

The battery pack recharges in direct sunlight and continues to power the Surecross devices autonomously when sunlight is not available.

The solar supply is ideal for applications where wired power is not available or that require more power than a single-cell DX81 battery supply can provide.

For example, in the oil and gas industry, the high value of the product requires the flow to be measured continuously.

Examples include custody transfer, remote drilling and pipeline flow applications.

A single Flexpower solar supply provides enough current to continuously power a 4-20mA two-wire transmitter and Flexpower node.

This application requires an average of 80 minutes of sunlight a day and provides about 10 days of power without sunlight.

Solar-powered data radios can extend the range of Banner’s Surecross wireless I/O network.

The Flexpower solar solution provides continuous power to a data radio and Flexpower gateway.

To complete the wireless network, battery or solar-powered nodes collect I/O data up to three miles away.

The Flexpower solar supply can be used in addition to the DX81P6 six-pack battery supply as a backup power source.

If the solar panel is damaged, the DX81P6 battery supply provides backup power for a few weeks or longer depending on the load.

For example, the battery backup can support a two-wire sensor powered continuously with 15V at 20mA and a Flexpower node transmitting once per second for up to 30 days.

Banner’s Flexpower solar supply is a stand-alone power option that enables wireless sensing where wired power is not available.

The use of rechargeable batteries reduces the number of batteries necessary for long-term operation and ultimately minimises electronic waste and saves money.

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