intelligent controller

Product Information

The HCX Advanced is a pluggable microprocessor hybrid controller that provides monitoring and control for a broad range of UNIPOWER Hybrid Power Systems. The HCX Advanced provides optimum battery cycling, generator management and renewable energy source prioritization.

The HCX Advanced hybrid controller also monitors all system parameters including: DC voltage, rectifier current, rectifier temperature, system capacity, battery parameters, and circuit breaker status with capacity to monitor additional external analog or digital inputs.

Alarm and warning notifications are indicated by front panel LEDs, and through potential free alarm contacts that allow remote signalling. External monitoring of alarms and statistical data is accomplished through a USB connection using PC based PowCom™ software. Remote management is provided through an Ethernet port allowing control over a TCP/IP network and includes web based support. Alarms can be mapped via SNMP traps to customer OSS platforms such as HP Openview™.

The HCX Advanced’s straightforward LCD menu or local/remote software configuration tool allows for ease of commissioning to meet a wide range of applications and supporting number battery and energy sources.

The HCX Advanced hybrid controller contains a Programmable Logic Unit that can be used to monitor and control additional site data such as fuel level/flow and environmental measurements. This allows individual alarm routing and logic operations to be set as actions, alarms to be triggered, and outputs to be activated based on internal and external signal monitoring, comparing, and processing.


Features and Options
  • User-selectable battery types
  • Intelligent Generator control
  • Diesel Generator and Renewable Energy ready
  • USB Interface and Form “C” dry alarm contacts
  • 100 Mbps Ethernet interface + web server support
  • Remote firmware upgrade
  • 1-minute-interval microSD card data logging
Voltage Range 18-60VDC
Current <200mA
Display 3 x 16 character LCD
Language Support English, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese
Internal Communication RS485 Data Bus (64 modules max.) | microSD card (up to 4GB)
External Communication USB interface for control from a PC with PowCom™ sotware.
RS232 Interface.
Ethernet interface allowing monitoring and control over a TCP/IP network.
Web browser support + SNMPv2c.
Indications Green LED - Power ON
Yellow LED - System warning
Red LED - System alarm
Signal Inputs Battery current reading (via shunt)
Output voltage reading
Analog inputs for battery symmetry reading or general use
AC utility mains failure
Battery temperature sensor
Load fuse failure
Battery fuse failure
2 x Digital inputs
Signal Outputs LVD / PLD disconnect / reconnect
1x Generator Control
2 x Digital outputs
Software Site upgradeable by bootloaded
Alarm Contacts 2 (optional 8*) potential free changeover alarm contacts

Battery Symmetry
Generator / Mains Failure Warning
Module Alarm
Urgent Module
Battery Fuse Failure
Load Breaker Failure
Battery / Load Disconnect
High / Low Battery Temperature
Temperature Probe Failure
High / Low AC Voltage
16 x Additional User Definable
Fuel Level Low
GenSet Battery Failure
GenSet Battery Discharged
GenSet Connection Interrupted
Ground Fault
PV Surge Fail
PV Array Disconnected
Distribution Surge Arrester Failure

Dimensions, Inches (mm) 3.4 (85) W x 1.6 (40) H x 8.9 (225) D
Weight 0.44lb (0.2kg)
Operating Temperature -40 to +70°C
Storage Temperature -40 to +85°C
Safety IEC 60950-1, UL60950-1 & CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-03
EMC EN 61000-6-2, EN 61000-6-3, EN 300 386-2
Environment Storage - ETS 300 019-2-1
Transport - ETS 300 019-2-2
Operation - ETS 300 019-2-3
Battery cycles, average depth of discharge
Generator cycles and run-time
Average & Total kW hours by source
Generator fuel consumption/saving
Battery end of life projection
Battery voltage and symmetry monitoring
Remaining battery capacity measurement
Battery Low voltage disconnect
Temperature compensated battery charging
Monthly battery data logging

Intelligent Recharge Battery type specific algorithm controls recharge time, voltage and battery current limit
Equalisation Charging Intelligent boost charging calculated from discharge cycles maximizes battery life while minimizing generator runtime
Battery Disconnection Allows voltage controlled disconnection of batteries
Enhanced Battery Monitoring Statistical logging of essential battery parameters including number of cycles, DoD, discharge hours, temperature, temperature hours, current and symmetry voltage
Site Logs System tools developed to assist site management.
Daily peak load and statistic logs available
Symmetry Measurement Optional tool that measures batteries for early detection of thermal runaway
Temperature Compensation Charging Allows continuous adjustment of output voltage according to battery temperature
Load Shedding (PLD) Optional feature that allows voltage controlled disconnection of non-essential load