This article describes the design and the realization of an automatic recording device for measurements and controls of multiple physical parameters, in order to manage and monitor a mini central photovoltaic (PV) electricity. It is based on an 8-bit microcontroller, a PIC16F716, which is the lowest cost in the midrange portfolio from Microchip. The automatic recording device (or datalogger) measures the following parameters: the current sourced by a set of PV panels to solar batteries, the voltage across these batteries, the internal and the external temperatures, through a 4 channel multiplexed 8-bit analog–digital converter (ADC) integrated module. This datalogger is clocked with a real time clock and calendar (RTCC), which controls also the periodic measurements. These are stored in an external 8 kB flash electrically erasable/programable read-only memory (EEPROM), a 24LC64, using the I2C protocol, which allows us to easily increase the storage capacity by adding, if necessary, in parallel, up to eight external flash EEPROM.

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