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Solar Monitoring - See everything in RealTime?

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Kitty Chachra's picture
CMO, Quadrical Ai

Quadrical Ai's 5-in-1 Digital Solution helps Solar Utility Companies increase both generation and reduced O&M costs.  Using AI and Digital Twin technology to Monitor plants in RealTime,...

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  • Feb 16, 2022

Why is it so important to see your portfolio in RealTime?

I used to garden during the early pandemic. 

Every spare minute, I’d be out to check if the seedlings needed water, or maybe new buds bloomed. It was worse when the veggies were almost ready. Think tomatoes can ripen in an hour? Well, I wanted to check to be sure. 

Like I invested my heart into my garden, your team is invested in every single plant in your portfolio. Unlike me, you can’t afford to send site teams to check on all the modules at any time, without seriously escalating your operating costs.

However, by the time your teams check, a problem might have been running for a while. Yield might have been leaking out; damage may have occurred. Your team must know instantly about underperformance or weak links. Plants are financed and every penny is modelled to recoup itself.  In our fast-growing industry this is inevitable. Everything must be tip-top, always.

The importance of monitoring your system is a no-brainer. With SCADA data and Excel, your team can do this up to a point.  As plant size and more importantly, the size of your portfolios grow, RealTime, condition based monitoring is needed to ensure maintenance. This means continuous performance monitoring and trend analysis, plus proactive site maintenance using predictive O&M guidance, to ensure no leaky failures go undetected. All this makes it possible to optimize your system to reap the best RoA all the time.

How does RealTime Solar Monitoring work?

RealTime monitoring platforms work with the SCADA IoT devices or Inverters you already have in place. They pull the data through streamlined, seamless data transfer, do advanced analysis and provide implementation-ready recommendations lists for your team to know exactly what to focus on.

 In simple terms your plant’s data is whizzed off to the monitoring platform and converted to usable, actionable information for the site team. Bingo!

Ok - tell me more.

RealTime monitoring boosts production by ensuring all panels are perfectly healthy.  Studies show top range monitoring systems increase production between 2–5%; better returns for you. With continuous, intelligent monitoring, you can save time by homing in on underperformers to reduce downtime, save O&M costs, pre-empt problems and lengthen equipment life with swift repair. It allows you make decisions based on up-to-the-minute, and complete data. True data transparency to drive measurable performance improvements. What’s not to like?

What’s Complete Data?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are revolutionizing solar. Equipped to handle big data, these technologies keep you right on point with present and future trends. Vital in a rapidly developing industry like yours.

As to the data – it’s certainly big. With plant parts in the hundreds of thousands. Add weather, energy production, the points of data get into Elon Musk’s fortune in pennies types of numbers. 

What AI and ML do is sift through all those points of data to find patterns and signals which reveal your system’s true potential performance and how to help you get to it, served to your team in easily digestible, actionable form.

Which Monitoring System?

If you want the peace of mind which comes from knowing your plant assets will continue operating at peak performance throughout their lifetime, having a bankable monitoring expert for actionable insights and guidance is of critical importance. Whichever monitoring option you choose, we wish you the greatest success in building a sustainable future through smart, clean solutions – by balancing profit and efficiency with green goals.

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Matt Chester on Feb 16, 2022

How do the options shift with scale? What, for example, must be considered for utility-scale solar installations separate from larger commercial/industrial installations? 

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Kitty Chachra on Mar 11, 2022

Thanks Matt, for the interesting question. Shall write a detailed post to answer. Look out for it coming up

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Matt Chester on Mar 11, 2022

Great, looking forward to it!

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Thank Kitty for the Post!
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