IoT has an immense potential to address the challenges involved in the existing solar tech infrastructure.
FREMONT, CA:Solar technology is emerging as a promising renewable energy source. Various industries are eyeing solar energy as an alternative against the conventional means of energy sources. The increasing popularity of solar technology can be attributed to the availability of clean energy at affordable prices. However, the implementation of solar power can be tedious as it requires the panels to be connected to a utility grid. Moreover, all the cellular modules, gateways, and web platforms need to be connected to the utility grid for the proper functioning of the grid. The above requirements can be addressed with the help of the internet of things (IoT).
Utility firms can harness the capability of digital transformation using IoT and address the common challenges linked with complex energy grids, thereby making it simpler to manage energy outputs and solar panels. One of the key challenges associated with renewable energy systems such as solar is that the individual solar components or systems can be clustered and widely distributed. Management and handling of such a diverse ecosystem of components can be difficult. For instance, ensuring that each panel is functioning properly might require additional costs as well as efforts. However, embedding the key components and systems with IoT devices can enable the utilities to monitor the systems effectively and proactively deal with any impending issue.
Solar infrastructure can be further optimized with the use of simple networks and the incorporation of an integrated monitoring system. An integrated monitoring system can centrally access the data from various IoT devices and provide transparency to the solar infrastructure. Thus, it will be a simple task to pinpoint the issues and dispatch a technician to resolve and prevent the issue from impacting the entire system. The essence of IoT cannot be undermined in the above case. Without embedded IoT devices, it would even be difficult to determine if the problem was hardware-related or network-related.
Firms associated with solar technology have realized the future potential of IoT and are increasingly investing in it to have a market edge.