Smart Innovation In Solar Power Plants O&M

Smart Innovation In Solar Power Plants O&M

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Description: Solar Solutions was selected by Electrolux within the renewable energy sector for bringing to market AEG solar modules worldwide. Solar Solutions Group is represented in 14 countries in Europe, USA, ROW by a solid network of partners and agents. 22 MW was sold in H1, 2016.

With ca. 5 million turnover in 2015, ca. 40 million EUR turnover are expected for 2016.

 
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Contents:
● Who: AEG and Solar Solutions
○ About AEG: History and Heritage
○ Solar Solutions Group
○ Factories & Production
○ Team & Partners

○ What if your solar module could solve
problems for you?
○ IMM: Individual Module Monitoring
○ IMM Technology: function & benefits
○ Components & functioning
○ Benefits at a glance

● Why: India
○ Why India: A strategic market
● What: IMM Technology
○ AEG solar modules
○ General references
○ What happens when your solar plant does not work?
○ The “black box”
○ The importance of module-level monitoring

For over 125 years AEG has
been a pioneer of innovation
within the electrical industry,
with a brand acknowledged
worldwide for design, precision
and performance.
The fourth-largest European
electrical group in the 1970s, in
1994 its assets were purchased
by Electrolux Group.
The AEG brand family counts
today over 40 business
segments and spans over 60
countries.

Solar Solutions was selected by
Electrolux within the renewable
energy sector for bringing to
market AEG solar modules
worldwide.
Solar Solutions Group is
represented in 14 countries
in Europe, USA, ROW by a solid
network of partners and agents.
22 MW were sold in H1, 2016.
With ca. 5 million turnover in
2015, ca. 40 million EUR
turnover are expected for 2016.
Operations are steered by Solar
Solutions GmbH, registered and
based in Germany.

Currently the company has
production capacity in Europe,
Taiwan, China, Indonesia,
and Vietnam.
AEG solar modules are
manufactured under license by
suppliers especially selected
by Solar Solutions GmbH.
Suppliers undergo a rigorous
audit process carried out by
Electrolux independent
Quality Assurance team.

Solar Solutions GmbH is
managed by a team with
over 25 years of sales and
operations experience in the PV
business.
India’s ambitious growth goals in
the solar segment make the
country a strategic market for
Solar Solutions.
PV Industrial Solar Solutions,
based in Noida, is our partner
on site to coordinate the
business development in India.

Stuart Brannigan
Chief Sales Officer (CSO)

Conny Axel Hulverscheidt
Marketing & Technology Director

Bertrand Chevalley
Sales Director S. Europe

Nitin Pande
Managing Director India

Thanks to its ambitious
growth targets
(100 GW installed capacity by
2022, of which 60 GW groundmounted and 40 rooftop)
and exponential growth (80%
growth between mid-2015 and
mid-2016)* India represents a
strategic market for Solar
Solutions.

100
GW

40+
60

80 %
*source: India Solar Map 2016

Solar Solutions aims
at reaching out to:

-Investors in PV plants
-Developers of PV plants
-Partners in Distribution
to address their needs in the
field of optimization of solar
power plant performances, cost
control, ROI, development of
new solar parks
with the unique smart
technology implemented in AEG
solar panels.

AEG solar modules:

High Efficiency solar cells
from high quality suppliers
Manufactured with state-ofthe-art production
equipment
Complimentary integration of
German patented technology
to allow module-level
monitoring
Comprehensive certifications

References: solar parks H1,
2016
Project: Wormit Farm
Location: UK
Capacity4.96 MW
Project: Stanton under Bardon
Location: UK
Capacity: 3.66 MW
Project: Lower Stanley Farm
Location: UK
Capacity: 4.93 MW

Technical issues affecting
your power plant mean
losing yields and money.

Sending on site an
Operation&Maintenance
Team to inspect problems
is very expensive.

Bankability of solar energy
is linked to predictability
and ROI: need to find root
cause of low efficiency
/ system downtime

MONITORING provides valuable information on the functionment of the solar
plant.
WITHOUT MONITORING, THE SOLAR PLANT IS A „BLACK BOX“:
it is not possible to know what the technical problems are, or make any
assumption as of the reason behind the loss in performance and investment.

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Module-level

String-level

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Inverter-level

Grid

As of today, 90% of the power plants are monitored only at inverter level,
which means very little insight into the plant.

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Module-level

String-level



Inverter-level

Grid

10% of the power plants are monitored at string level – this however still
makes for a limited possibility of understanding where the problems are
located
-and further, you would still not know what the problems are.

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Inverter-level

Grid

ONLY MODULE-LEVEL MONITORING provides you with 100% of the information
on what’s going on at module level.
Let us take this to the next level…

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String-level



Inverter-level

Grid

…and imagine:
WHAT IF YOUR SOLAR MODULE…

…could detect
even small errors?

…could inform you
if there is some
problem occurring?

…could optimize your
maintenance,
saving costs?

…could autonomously
diagnose the problem
it is affected by?

…could tell you
where exactly the
problem is located?

…THE IMM TECHNOLOGY IN AEG SOLAR MODULES …

…could detect
even small
errors?
…could inform you
if there is some
problem occurring?

…could optimize your
maintenance,
saving costs?

…could autonomously
diagnose the problem
it is affected by?

…could tell you
where exactly the
problem is located?

MAKES THIS POSSIBLE
WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

IMM: INDIVIDUAL MODULE MONITORING
IMM is an unique
solar plant monitoring technology
at module level
for smart Operations
& Maintenance (O&M)
managed by artificial intelligence.
IMM is integrated in the junction box
of AEG PV-modules. Each solar module
is equipped with a chip which allows for
monitoring at module level.

IMM: FUNCTION
Tracks technical issues in the plant
down to the module.

Diagnoses the issue thanks
to module real data and
big data analysis
Localizes the position
of the affected modules
and problems
Informs you of ongoing problems
and suggest efficient troubleshooting.

IMM: BENEFITS
Reduces the number of interventions
and increases their precision
Optimizes the efficiency
of the power plant
starting from minimum 3%
Saves you possibly 50% of
O&M costs and improves your ROI
Simplifies your work thanks to clear
instructions and 100% transparency
on the functioning of your power plant

AT MODULE LEVEL

AT PLANT LEVEL

IMM String Reader

IMM Sensor natively integrated in the
module´s junction box

IMM Gateway

With IMM WebPortal, you are totally informed at a glance about
the status of your plant.

Solar modules
(connected to a string)

WebPortal
Data

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Inverter
(DC to AC)

Electric meter
1 2 3 4 . 5

Grid
connection
Battery
Consumer

Through powerline technology, the performance of each module is
monitored in real time. The intelligent software shows potential
losses, cleaning intervals, faulty modules and much more.

Troubleshooting process:
high security and minimized yield losses by 100% transparency

DETECTION
nearly all
performance
reducing factors
(errors) are detected
by remote

ANALYSIS
all errors are analyzed
& identified by their
individual electronic
fingerprint

INSTRUCTION
precise and plain
instructions, specific
to each individual error

CORRECTION
accurate repairs or swaps
of defected modules or
components can
take place promptly

Even smallest
errors are detected
O&M efforts are
significatively
reduced (up to 50%)

PV plant always
performsat its optimum
(efficiency increase
starting from 3%)
Sustainability and
safety are increased
Investment is
profitable even with
lowest assumptions

Possibly

-50 % O&M costs
Efficiency increase

starting from +3%

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