In the world Solar is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy source, with an average of 40 percent increasing in demand with respect to demand in power. Many energy companies are intensifying to offer solar, which is amongst the most energy-efficient and lucrative sources of renewable electricity on the market.
Today, solar energy companies have more variants than ever before to make most out of their equipment in terms of energy harvesting. Gathering the information of power obtained from solar panel using an IoT can resolve common challenges associated with complex energy grids and make it far easier to manage panels and energy output. For customer’s by installing an IoT system will meet the demand and also increase the overall efficiency of the system.
Asset Supervision may be a Challenge
While it has many benefits, solar power may be a challenge for energy companies once it comes to management. To start, you need to fix solar panels to the utility grid. You also need to confirm that your cellular modules, gateways and web platforms are all incorporated properly, without disruptions in connectivity. Assuming that your system is fully incorporated, you still want this equipment and software to tell you in real-time whether your solar station is supplying sufficient energy levels and sustaining load balance on the grid. Any renewable energy source, such as solar, wind, or biomass, experiences unstable energy generation with respect to changes in the weather condition and also by other environmental factors. The power grid will need to adapt with respect to these changes, so that it can ensure that you’re maximizing your grid usage for its full potential and also load at all times.
These factors are complicated by the fact that renewable energy plants, such as solar and wind, tend to be clustered and widely distributed. When an energy system becomes too complex, it could cause logistical terrible for technicians and additional grid managers. For example, making sure that each panel is running efficiently becomes tougher as adding more panels to the mix. What’s more, if having thousands of panels in a grid, there is a higher potential for susceptibilities in the system. Mostly, the more complex the system is and the more devices is placed in the grid, the more likely to have holes in the system’s security. It is recommended to choose an end-to-end system to minimize security risks and simplify the system.
WHAT is an IoT (Internet of Things) Platform?
The internet of things is a simple architecture that is used to communicate between different sensors, chips and tags in consumer devices, heavy machines, remote assets and vehicles, that creates an internet-enabled connection and transmit data to the provider which the user can access remotely. A accurate end-to-end IoT Platform is a software context that is used to remotely connect all ‘things’, manage devices, collect data from different sensor, allows action management, analytics or imagining and that integrates with cloud services.
The IoT can assist in the integration of communications, control, and information processing across various transportation systems. Application of the IoT extends to all aspects of transportation systems (i.e. the vehicle, the infrastructure, and the driver or user). Dynamic interaction between these components of a transport system enables inter and intra vehicular communication, smart traffic control, smart parking, electronic toll collection systems, logistic and fleet management, vehicle control, and safety and road assistance.
Simple, Integrated Systems Are the Future of IoT in Solar Energy
While some challenges do occur, they do not need to be enervating for solar companies. By using IoT in solar energy, many issues can be solved with little effort and investment. The key to success is to install a simple, fully-integrated system which allows managing the entire grid. This also gives the ability to identify and fix problems in near real time.
The main benefit of using IoT in solar energy is that you can see exactly what’s happening with all the assets from one central control panel. By connecting the devices to a cloud network, you can identify where the problem originated and dispatch a technician to fix it before it disrupts your entire system. For instance, we may see that the network is running perfectly, but there is a problem with one of the devices. Without the IoT, it would be more difficult to determine whether the problem was network-related or hardware-related. The IoT provides the intelligence for you to identify issues in real time, as the error occurs so the source can be located and resolved quickly.
Using the IoT, your system will be less vulnerable to outages and productivity issues (resulting from downtime) and potentially costly security breaches. By installing a simple, end-to-end solution using IoT, you can manage the largest solar grids in the world, even with thousands of individual devices connected to your network.
The IoT and Smart Metering Innovations In Solar Grid
In addition to providing companies with real-time monitoring of data, leveraging IoT in solar energy that has lead to development in smart metering. This has made the energy production more efficient both in terms of cost and as well as in logistics.
On the hardware side, companies can install OEM equipment to their grid, along with metering mechanisms that will track any data that the company needs to allow new services. With an integrated system, that can also seamlessly toggle back and forth between your OEM and metering equipment.
On the network side, using cellular connectivity in a solar energy array allows you to accommodate 2G, LPWA, and additional LTE networks for quicker, more trustworthy connections with low power requirements.
When it comes to grid, the smart metering will improve the system’s efficiency in a number of ways. There is a provision for choosing the place for the module in a grid asset in front of the solar inverter for maximum efficiency. You can also offer a link gateway product with help from your smart metering equipment. In general, any one of these connectivity solutions can be adapted to suit your needs and the demands of your industry.
Ready-to-Connect is the Perfect Solution
Every solar company should focus on simplifying the development of their connected products. This makes it far easier to focus on what’s important — producing electricity in the most efficient way possible, without spending years creating an integrated proof system to handle the equipment and data. That’s where Ready-to-Connect solutions come in. The Ready-to-Connect system is easy to install, deploy and provision, and it offers companies full visibility through Internet of Things platform. By using this integrated system, you ensure that your network, web platform, and devices are completely in sync with one another and easy to manage from just one cloud application.
Our end-to-end system also simplifies operations management and provides enhanced security, with fewer areas of vulnerability compared to systems that are built using hardware and software that aren’t fully integrated from the start. Ready-to-Connect integrates the SIM and module, eliminating the need for a physical plastic SIM. This will reduce the time to design and certify the solution and will increase connection reliability. From the start, your system will have a unique identity and secret key.