The emergence of digital twins offers an opportunity for the stakeholders in the solar industry to improve upon the efficiency and productivity of the sector.
FREMONT, CA: The need for renewable sources of energy has amplified significantly in the last few years. Among the several renewable sources of energy, solar energy is expected to expand more than all the other renewable energy sources by 2023. As per Renewable Energy World, the present context of climate change, coupled with the increased competition within the renewable energy sector, is forcing energy investors to devise new ways to increase efficiency as well as productivity. Innovations like smart devices and sensors to record critical data will play a key role in future developments in solar technology. Further, it will be crucial to possess the capability to process smart data. Here’s how digitalization will play a key role.
Digitalization has massive potential to help boost the safety, productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of the solar energy sector across the globe. One of the innovations that is aiding the pursuits of cost-conscious solar developers is ‘digital twins.’ Digital twin in the solar industry encompasses building a virtual planet asset replica based on normal operating data that can be used to monitor how a plant should perform during usual working conditions. Thus, a digital twin-driven analytics engine has obvious effects on the performance, ROI, as well as the output of the solar power plants.
Digital twin enhances the predictability of several solar panels in the system. The incorporation of real-time simulation makes it simpler to analyze the existing condition of every part of the grid. The above capability also allows the operators to do predictive maintenance in the grid system. A proper digital twin capability is highly effective in close analysis of the way solar PV cells perform during varying conditions. The virtual plant also allows administrators to replicate numerous scenarios and estimate how the upgraded panels would respond. Forecasting is yet another key aspect of the modern-day digital twin technology, which assures the operators of efficient solar plant performance.
The above reasons demonstrate why solar power firms are drifting towards the wave of digitalization and digital twins. Increasingly, the above trends will influence the solar energy sector and aid in the production of renewable energy sources.