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China’s Tesla rival Xpeng sets sights on Europe as it delivers first batch of smart electric cars to Norway | South China Morning Post

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He Xiaopeng, chairman and co-founder of Xpeng Motors, speaks as he stands next to the company’s G3 electric SUV, at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, in Guangzhou, China, on November 16, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg
He Xiaopeng, chairman and co-founder of Xpeng Motors, speaks as he stands next to the company’s G3 electric SUV, at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, in Guangzhou, China, on November 16, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg

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Building Solar Energy Monitoring Systems Using IoT – floLIVE

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The global Energy market is going through substantial change, with renewable energy at an all-time high, and growing fast. While Asia-Pacific continues to dominate, interest in solar energy is growing all over the world.

According to Mordor Research, “the renewable energy installed capacity reached 2713.60 GW in 2019, and it is anticipated to reach approximately 4391.18 GW by 2026, at a CAGR of 7.13% during 2021-2026.” Below you can see how renewable energy is being adopted globally, proving that worldwide, solar power and sustainable energy solutions are a seriously hot topic. (No pun intended.) To understand more about how IoT is facilitating this growth, keep reading!

Solar Energy IoT and Smart Home Monitoring Systems

Integrating solar energy into smart homes is becoming more popular as solar panels continue to reduce in cost, but this can only happen if there are solar energy monitoring systems in place – and that’s where IoT comes in.

IoT can allow consumers and businesses to monitor the use of solar energy on a much more granular level, giving a better understanding over which appliances and services are the most energy efficient, how much power is being used, as well as insight into when and how.

For enterprises looking to facilitate and maintain solar panels and renewable energy, IoT can allow for remote maintenance, and even predictive analysis that drives down costs even further. Deep visibility can allow companies to decrease the stress on their equipment, better balancing energy loads, and alerting ahead of time to issues such as overheating.

Large-scale Solar Operations Need Remote Monitoring to Suit

While residential application is a large part of the drive to renewable energy, many energy companies are looking into increasing their solar farms, and managing power consumption and renewable energy on a much larger scale. Solar power production for energy companies can be improved exponentially with the help of IoT monitoring. As sensors become more affordable, and connectivity solutions evolve, enterprises could see huge benefits from IoT, without much risk to speak of. Here are four examples:

Maintenance: Traditionally, workers on a solar farm would need to locate and check every panel regularly to ensure that they are working as expected. These inspections can become a thing of the past when all your solar panels are connected to a centralized data source. In fact, when there’s a problem, your asset management system can let you know with a simple alert, freeing up your staff for higher value tasks. With predictive intelligence, you’re less likely to suffer as a result of outages or power issues.

Performance: By amalgamating the data that comes from your panels, grid managers will be able to spot anomalies such as solar panels or units that are under-performing, and even the reasons why, such as temperature, dust, or extreme weather conditions. Managers can then make smart changes, such as moving units, increasing the volume of cleaning, or making changes in insulation or alignment.

Security: Especially when solar panels and solar farms are in rural areas (often the case when it comes to renewable energy sources), it’s essential to have a monitoring system to keep them secure from physical theft, or even vandalism. With IoT sensors, you can establish rules for theft-related alerts, such as movement around the panels, or if a panel has been removed from the outer structure of the grid.

Forecasting: With business intelligence tools integrated into your IoT monitoring system, analytics can help you see true business growth at a much faster rate. For example, anticipate how much energy will be needed on a specific day, streamlining how much energy you use and conserve, respectively. This can improve the balance of supply and demand in the smart grid itself, saving serious zeroes off your bottom line.

When it Comes to Solar Energy… Not all IoT Technologies Are Created Equal

IoT monitoring systems have a few key needs, but top of the list is connectivity. However, this is not just any connectivity. As solar panels are often in rural areas, and sensors can often be manufactured in one location and sent to another where the energy grid is based, availability is a key issue to address first and foremost. There could be many thousands of panels or units on a large-scale solar farm, so price is also an important point to consider. One of the main contributors to cost is battery life, as the battery is often more expensive to replace than it would be to deploy new devices and sensors altogether.

LPWAN solutions and cellular IoT connectivity are a great fit for IoT monitoring in the Energy sector, with the packet size and data rates to meet these unique needs. floLIVE offers a one-of-a-kind solution in the form of software-defined connectivity, providing global connectivity through globally distributed core networks deployed in different regions. Each of these hosts a local IMSI, and they are centrally managed over the cloud. This unique approach has formed the world’s largest IMSI Library. In practice, this means that sensors can be manufactured anywhere, and IoT devices simply connect locally when they are turned on. This not only eliminates data privacy and security issues, but it also reduces the amount of time the IoT device has to be awake each time it transmits information, extending the lifespan of its battery overall.

Solar Power is the Future – and IoT Technology is Making That Happen

The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024, spurring further growth over the second half of the decade.”

The world is ready for solar energy, but without an IoT solution in place for remote monitoring, the benefits are going to be limited for today’s enterprises.

Ready to discuss your roadmap for sustainable energy augmented by IoT technology? Let’s talk.

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VW explains how the ID.4 electric SUV gets smart about coasting

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Unlike most other electric cars, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 doesn’t feature anything close to one-pedal driving, the aggressive use of regenerative braking that many electric-car fans are fond of.

And it’s for good reason, VW argues.

What happens when the driver of an electric car takes their foot off the accelerator pedal is a “difficult, philosophical question,” the automaker said in a press release Wednesday. VW believes the answer to that question is coasting.

In its default driving mode (which automatically activates on startup), the ID.4 coasts “in the majority of cases” when the driver lifts off the accelerator, VW said. That’s different from most electric cars, where lifting off the right pedal immediately triggers regenerative braking, recovering electricity and providing substantial deceleration.

The coasting function was designed to make driving more “predictable,” VW said. It may be a good strategy, as the ID.4 is being aimed at mass-market gasoline SUVs like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Less-aggressive regeneration (or recuperation, as VW likes to call it) could provide drivers switching from those vehicles with a more familiar experience.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 energy recuperation

The ID.4 does still use regenerative braking, but it activates when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The electric motor provides all braking up to about 0.25g of deceleration, according to VW, at which point the friction brakes activate. The braking control system was programmed to seamlessly blend regenerative and friction braking for consistent pedal feel, VW said.

The ID.4 also gets an Eco Assistance feature that pulls data from the navigation system and onboard sensors to improve efficiency. In certain low-speed situations, it will actually tell the driver to take their foot off the accelerator pedal, and use coasting and regenerative braking as needed, according to VW.

In addition, when drivers move the shifter from the default “D” to “B,” regenerative braking will activate as soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator, VW said. However, deceleration is limited to 0.13g so that it “won’t confuse drivers of conventional internal-combustion engine vehicles,” the automaker noted.

VW’s cousin Porsche has opted for a similar approach in the Taycan. The automaker said last year that the Taycan doesn’t have one-pedal driving because it’s easier for drivers to control braking with just the pedal. Regenerative braking can also get in the way of quick lap times—an important consideration for the performance-oriented Porsche EV.

Where the Taycan is a high-end luxury car, the ID.4 is aimed at a more mainstream audience. Pricing for the initial rear-wheel drive, 250-mile, ID.4 Pro version starts at $41,190, while an upcoming all-wheel drive model will start at $44,890. Meanwhile VW also just announced that it has expanded availability of a special 1st Edition model. VW also plans to launch a $36,000 base model once local production starts in Chattanooga, Tennessee, next year.

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Enerman’s Vision Is To “Provide Innovative Solutions To Save Energy And Reduce Carbon Footprint, Digitize Every PV Plant And Make It IOT Ready” In The Solar Renewable Space.

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EnerMAN Technologies provides the most innovative and ingenious IOT based SCADA / Remote monitoring & control solutions for Solar PV plants from the inception of data acquisition at the site equipment level, to in depth analysis of data for actionable insights of plant generation. 

EnerMAN is a subsidiary of Avi Solar Energy Pvt Ltd (India’s most trusted independent O&M service provider) for the Solar PV market with experience in over 2Giga Watts of PV plants. EnerMAN was incorporated in July – 2019 and within a span of 2 years, we have achieved a remarkable milestone of acquiring and monitoring a portfolio of over 1000MW plus Solar PV plants In India and across the world.

Our vision is to “Provide Innovative Solutions to Save Energy and Reduce Carbon Footprint, digitize every PV plant and make it IOT ready” in the Solar Renewable Space.

Our mission is to be a global leader for Energy Monitoring Solutions. Our constant efforts are to enable and provide a comprehensive and affordable Energy Management Dashboard to customers with a seamless and ease of access extending exquisite features with IoT as technology and storing all data in the cloud.

EnerMAN SCADA meets the objective of all customer requirements in monitoring the data points real time, assessing, also providing prescient and actionable analytics with alerts to identify faults and rectify them on time to minimize generation of loss.

Be it retrofit or new plants – EnerMAN fits in with precision. We have integrated with all Global Brands of Inverters, WMS, String Combiner Boxes.

EnerMAN provides an end-to-end solution – Hardware, Firmware and Software systems that are developed inhouse enabling us to optimize the cost with zero dependencies on third party suppliers.

Our key products are,

Ashok DM & Somashekar TH co-founded EnerMAN with a high performing team of elite members from Avi Solar with a passion to build global products. Our team comes with a rich experience and proficiency in developing products for Networking, Telecom and Semiconductor in various MNCs. We as a team with intrinsic knowledge, technical know how and strong processes have built the most reliable EnerMAN monitoring solutions with global standards.

Our Product Development team is adroit with real time and hands on experience by visiting the Solar PV plants on the data acquisition methodology at the plants.

Our projects scale from Rooftops to large Utility PV plants with diversified clientele. Our Customers are the Solar PV industry leaders with whom we are proud to associate with Soft Bank Energy, BHEL, Focal Energy, LNB Renewables, Hinduja Renewables, Atria Power, AMP energy, Cleantech Solar, Fourth Partner Energy, SIMCON & Think Energy. Vikram Solar, Madhav Corp, Kushal Power Nepal, Mahawa Solar (SriLanka), Distributed Energy, Rwanda.

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