In this contemporary world, electricity has become an essential part of life. With each passing year, the power usage of every household has increased threefold as compared to the energy resources. In order to accommodate these surging needs, people are switching to a sustainable source i.e solar energy. Photovoltaic solar technology has become much more prominent because of huge availability, lower costs, and quick installation.
However, the energy output continues to be a big barrier to the widespread adoption of solar power. This is why EPC companies are on a lookout to find tools that can help mitigating the higher cost of maintenance and regulating the power usage of solar panels. This way, they can help users unleash the potential of a solar system in true sense and reap maximum rewards from the installation.
The basic parameters which affect the output of a solar solution are current, voltage, irradiance and temperature. Therefore the real-time solar output surveillance system is essential to strengthen the effectiveness of the PV system by weighing it with the experimental outcome to trigger preventative measures.
This is where the Internet of Things comes into play. IoT applications in clean energy generation include smart sensors that are linked to the production, transmission and distribution devices. These instruments allow solar investors/ commercial clients to remotely track and manage the operation of the entire solar system in real time. It minimises the operational expenses and reduces our reliance on fossil fuels.
Applications of IoT in solar industry
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an interesting concept. It is quite similar to the Internet, as it covers almost every aspect of our lives today. From transportation to entertainment, from medical to retail, the Internet of things is now a part of each and everyone’s lives. This has given rise to a number of industries that are now leveraging the power of the Internet. From hardware makers and distributors to service providers and retailers, there are almost countless industries that are starting to explore possibilities of tapping into the Internet of things.
One of such industries is the solar industry. Things have evolved a lot since the early nineties – back then, solar panels were big and bulky, making them unattractive to most consumers. As of today, the Internet of things (IoT) has made it possible to manufacture lightweight solar cells that can be attached to rooftops and on the vehicles. This would allow homeowners and other solar investors to harness the sun’s power and eliminate their dependency on local utility companies.
With that, the Internet of Things (IoT) is now evolving as an innovative technology which makes things quite intelligent and user-friendly by means of a protocol stack and cloud platform. These advanced IoT systems embedded with software, network connectivity and sensors allow the PV system to collect, monitor, and exchange data.
IoT-based solar panel tracking is designed for online simulation and performance enhancement. It enables to initiate preventive maintenance, map out the cause of the accident and the location where the breakdown occurred.
Not just that, EPC providers, power suppliers, solar investors and utility companies can govern their solar energy resources by utilizing the power of IoT. This, in essence, provides them with beneficial insights to make data-driven decisions. You will also be able to ascertain and investigate power usage trends for users by utilizing the IoT generated data.
Novergy’s IoT-based intelligent monitoring system
The IoT monitoring system plays a vital role in understanding;
How well the solar panels are performing?
How much energy yield are you getting?
In a big solar installation facility, there are arrays where hundreds and sometimes thousands of solar panels are tied together. These modules are then wired back to a midline, where direct current (DC) electricity from the panels is converted to alternating current (AC) through the inverter, which can be used later to power the installation site or building. To monitor that, Novergy makes use of wired sensor devices.
With Novergy solar system, users can get access to an online portal. This smart online monitoring and troubleshooting system is integrated with automated IoT devices and can be login through either PC or an Android/iOS application. Users can gather real-time information, analyse the past data, compare the trends based on multiple parameters and export the graphs as well. Not just that, users will be notified through SMS/email in case the platform observes any fault, problem areas and breakdown.
Utilizing these intelligent monitoring platforms allow users and vendors to proactively manage the failures in time to ensure efficient performance. It assists you in addressing the efficiency issues by generating maximum power output against the defective and dusty panels.
It tracks the solar system constantly and communicates various parameters via the IoT network to the server. We utilise IOT platform to transmit solar variables via a gateway to a cloud server (over user ethernet) high-performance web technology allows users to access data in structured formats and helps make informed decisions in a timely manner.
In situations such as performance below clear limits or a certain kind of malfunctioning, the alarms generated from the panel act as a true saviour. This allows for very smooth and intuitive remote monitoring/handling of solar plants, which fixes faults within defined times.
Over to you
A system that integrates IoT technology allows integration of automated smart devices into the solar solutions to boost efficiency. These monitoring systems can optimise energy output and help you identify the best conducive conditions for energy generation. To know more about Novergy’s state of the art solar solutions and monitoring systems, visit www.novergysolar.com
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Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?
Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.
Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benefits and what type of home they’re most suitable for.
– 7 day, & 5/2 day scheduling with a pre-configured schedule included
– Choice of up to 4 time periods a day
– Minimum On-Time & Cycle Rate settings ensuring compatibility with many boilers
– Table stand for ease of positioning
– Alert messages to assist fault-finding with a fail-safe mode
– Wireless technology makes upgrading easier and the installation time shorter with less wiring involved
– Homes that require high levels of automatic control that provide significant energy efficiency for a wide range of boilers and systems.
– Single Heating Zone Control
– 7 Day, 5/2 Day, or 24 Hour Control
– Programmable Room Thermostat
– Easily Programmed With The Associated App
– Homes that are just starting to take the first steps into using smart home heating
– Homes that need a single heating zone control
– Homes that have either combination or standard boiler systems
– Touch-screen interface simplifies scheduling, changing and overriding temperature
– Location-based programming (geo-fencing) adds an automated layer of control, adjusting the customer’s home heating based on their location
– Scheduling features include 7 and 5/2 day bespoke scheduling with up to 6 time periods a day
– Simple flip-up wiring bar for easy access and an easy-to-install boiler or zone valve interface
– Direct wall mounting or wall-box mounting
– Optimisation features include optimum start and stop & delayed start boiler control. Allows the thermostat and boiler to work more efficiently together
– Homes with any boiler and almost every heating system
– Homes with 230V on/off OpenTherm appliances (gas boilers, combi boilers and heat pumps)
– Ability to control water temperature and heating
– Self-learning functions to make every experience a unique one, helping it to understand your home’s needs
– Using a smart weather compensation feature and weather data, the vSMART can tell your boiler how hard it has to work to get your home to your required temperature
– You can connect multiple vSMART controllers to one app
– Homes with Valliant ecoTEC system/open vented boilers
– Households that want to be able to control water temperature from anywhere too
– A 7-day full programmer that gives great flexibility offering up to three on/off switchings per day
– LoT display, providing text feedback that gives help and programming hints
– Automatic Summer/Winter 1 hour time change
– Choice of 3 different built-in programmes
– ‘Holiday’ button
– Homes with heating and stored hot water in complete systems
– Homes with older gravity circulation stored hot water systems, where there’s no interlocking control valve
– Households with different heating needs from day-to-day
– One channel thermostat system with two radiator thermostats to start zoning your system
– Smart heating & hot water control
– Quick & simple to install using an industry-standard backplate
– Easy Zoning with the addition of extra Wiser Radiator Thermostats
– Homes with combination boilers
– Households that want to start a zoned system to control individual zones within the home
– Automatic time and temperature control of domestic heating premises
– Optimum Start, Optimum Stop and Delayed Start
– No installer links or switches on the back of the unit means no adjustment is required for combi boilers and most central heating systems
– Scheduled maintenance alert
– Automatic Summer/Winter time change
– Up to four independent time & temperature settings
– Auto, manual, holiday, override and off (frost) modes
– Domestic premises
– Most central heating systems and combi boilers
For more smart home heating controls, check out our full range today at MonsterPlumb. If you’re not interested in smart technology when it comes to controlling the heating and water temperature in your home, take a look at our selection of heating controls and valves.
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