Blue Sky UCM Universal Communication Module
The Universal Communication Module (UCM) provides a full featured
communication bridge or gateway between Blue Sky Energy’s Integrated
Power Net (IPN™) based charge controllers and external systems.
Blue Sky Energy’s proprietary IPN Network allows multiple charge
controllers to communicate with each other and coordinate their
activities to charge the battery as a single coordinated charging
machine. The IPN network also allows multiple charge controllers to
share a battery temperature sensor and remote display.
The UCM attaches to the display connector of any IPN based charge
controller to receive power and network communication. The UCM then
provides multiple standard communication interfaces which may be used
simultaneously. These standard communication interfaces allow easy
access to data and setup parameters for all charge controllers on the
network. If an IPN-ProRemote is present on the IPN network it’s full
featured battery system monitoring functionality and associated setup
become available as well.
A standard Modbus RTU interface is provided both as isolated RS-485 and
TCP\IP Ethernet based Modbus/IP. Additional Ethernet connectivity
includes a built in HTTP web site server allowing data view and
parameter setup with a standard web browser either locally, or globally
over the Internet without a subscription. The ability for periodic real
time FTP data upload to a remote server is also provided.
The UCM also provides 128 days of datalogging of key performance
parameters. The data is available as a downloadable Microsoft® Excel®
compatible file stored in nonvolatile memory. The file may be downloaded
remotely via the embedded web site, transferred to a laptop locally, or
the UCM may be taken back to the office for file download and analysis.
Example Datalog File
This example datalog is from a test system consisting of a SB3024iL,
SB2512iX, IPN-ProRemote and a UCM, all interconnected via the IPN
Network. The UPS type system was basically in standby mode during this
20 day period consuming about 8 amp-hours per day. The datalog file
provides a wide array of information including min/max battery voltage,
min/max battery amp-hours from full, max discharge current,
current/voltage/amp-hours produced by each charge controller, and so on.