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Calculator

This tool calculates your ShapeArray’s power requirements. Provide information about your Measurand-configured Earth Station enclosure and remote data monitoring plan to get a detailed breakdown of your instrument’s power requirements and the power available. Net positive power is needed for the battery to continue to operate over a period of time when coupled with a solar panel.

Step 1: Tell Us About Your Setup

The number of ShapeArrays employed in the monitoring system, the length of the ShapeArray, the number of samples collected, along with Earth Station enclosure communications equipment, all have an effect on the amount of power required to operate. Idle amps  and modem amps have considerable impact on your monitoring systems power requirements.

Run Time

Run Amps

Idle Amps

Modem Amps

Edit if switched off periodically. (idle Amps * onTime/offtime)

Power Usage

Step 2: Battery Charge

All Measurand-configured Earth Station enclosures contain a power source. The amount of energy stored in the battery, environmental conditions like temperature, and self discharge caused by internal chemical reactions, all affect the battery’s charge.

Battery Information

Battery capacity if fully charged
Self discharge per month (%)
Avg. ambient temperature °C

Step 3: Battery-Only Results

These results display the amount of time until the battery’s charge is emptied. Empty batteries may be recharged or swapped out to resume operation.

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Step 4: Tell Us About Your Solar Offset

Solar offset is the amount of energy generated by a solar power source, offsetting the total power requirement to operate. Many factors determine the amount of power generated by solar panels, including the size of the solar panels, the type of panels used, and the orientation and shading of solar panels.

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Step 5: Solar Power Energy Output

Is your solar panel properly sized and does it provide a net positive power usage?

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