Its common to make mistakes. Mistakes during installation can be catastrophic to a power product. See this video to understand how REhub is protected from common installation mistakes. At the very end – you can see the Solar terminals shorted – and yet REhub survives.
My Eco Day is a Solar Startup run by Ifthikar Javed. My Eco Day has an online Solar store and recently they have also opened a brick and mortar Solar shop in Calicut, Kerala.Yesterday a customer called me up asking for REhub after seeing a video done by My Eco Day on Youtube. MyEco Day promotes Solar DIY in India.
I have posted a link to the video below. Ifthikar is doing the voice over: Watch his explanation of how REhub reacts to different scenarios of Solar and Battery availability. Since REhub is all about adding Solar to existing inverters, the question frequently asked is ” Is Solar going to be used the maximum ? ” If so how ? Check this out.
As REhub started getting sold in different parts of India – one request we kept getting was the need for a display – it does not surprise me at all . I jog regularly and need the iPod Nano telling me the minutes I took to run each kilometer and the calories I presumably burnt to both make the run feel real and to keep me honest.
Having installed Solar PV - there is the urge to know the Units of electricity produced by the installed PV. That number tells us if the unit is actually delivering power from the Sun and makes us feel good about this little positive contribution to Earth !
So we now have a LCD screen with our newest product REhub PWM. The LCD makes it easy to know what the unit is doing, if Solar power is available, the state of charge of the batteries and if Power is available from the utility Mains. The unit keeps a running cumulative count of the total energy produced from Solar. We see an added benefit from the LCD. Now remote debugging of issues would be easier and we hope our support would be better with the LCD present .
The next step is to have the data accessible on the net. I can already hear the requests coming in !
Update : This article on Newyorker about how fitbit took over this persons life. Start measuring something and it becomes an obsession! http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/06/30/140630fa_fact_sedaris?currentPage=all