IoT Solutions for Low Bandwidth Problem to Monitor Solar Farms
The renewable energy industry is the rage these days. With more and more energy consumption is taking place all across the world irrespective of urban or rural areas, local and international government bodies are pretty much concerned about the scarcity of all types of energy in future. If the solutions are not thought upon, the coming decades may come with issues harder to address.
The Introduction of the Firm:
A few entrepreneurs set up their mind to venture a start-up in the energy saving industry. The owners had extensive experience in designing, developing, installing, and maintaining photovoltaic systems. The start-up excelled in building monitoring systems for the solar farms.
The remote monitoring systems help supervise the solar farms and thus smoothens the overall functionalities of the solar renewable energy systems. Remote monitoring also saves a lot of human hours. In addition, the company requires a reduced number of employees or staff to be deployed at the original site.
The Functionality of the Renewable Energy Farms
The renewable photovoltaic systems are considered to be pretty sustainable energy technology that we can bank upon. More and more countries now deploy solar farms that leverage the energy of the sun for generating terrific power that has reduced carbon dioxide emission.
The solar firm gets renewable photovoltaic systems that further help is saving a lot of energy that not only saves a huge chunk of money but also saves the mother earth. The entrepreneurs believed that the green energy is the only solution to save the coming generations.
The Thought-Provoking Issue
The solar farms faced a very practical problem as the company managers discussed with SP Technolab’s technology consultants. The input and output devices required for operating the demanding needs of renewable energy system had to be operated accordingly. The solar monitoring required a flawless communication, and for that, the satellites were used. The technology experts at SP Technolab also learned that the satellite communications are reliable and durable, but the biggest hurdle in such communication for solar farm monitoring was the satellite bandwidth.
The satellite bandwidth available is pretty limited, and thus, ideal input and output devices should be capable of functioning in a low bandwidth availability. Furthermore, the devices should also support scheduled functions so that for improved energy management.
Solution to the Low-Bandwidth Solar Farm Monitoring
(Image for education purpose only: Sample of Power Generation. Courtesy: Ron Curtis & Mr. Solar.com)
To have control over the lighting systems, SP Technolab suggested solar farms for using Ethernet input and output technology using an active architecture that is capable of functioning in low bandwidth availability. As compared to the traditional Ethernet IO that the solar firm used in the past was working on a passive polling architecture.
SP Technolab customized the Ethernet I/O and made it an event-based triggering message software. The IoT technology experts at SP Technolab consumed less bandwidth that perfectly suited to the solar renewable energy firm’s requirement.
The best part of the IoT solution for solar energy remote monitoring provided by SP Technolab is rather than depending upon a constant device polling, the staff could define an SNMP trap message for every event occurrence. When an already defined event initiates a trap message, the IoT software product actively sends the notification.
The Results of IoT Solutions
It was important to schedule a function that controls the lights to put them on or off so that the light energy can be saved. The users were able to swiftly settle the off and on schedules for LED lights of the system without bothering much about the software.
SP Technolab’s IoT solution for low-bandwidth solar farm monitoring defined I/O event scheduling in the easiest way like never before. Engineers and technical staff, then on, never felt writing complex controlling logic for their systems.
In addition to its mind blowing features, the IoT solution also supported SNMP protocol making the integration with existing NMS (Networking Management System) of customers as simple as hitting a sitting duck!
As a result of the implementation of IoT solution provided by SP Technolab, the energy farm observed low network bandwidth consumption. It was possible to integrate with NMS. And, finally, the users were able to define and configure scheduling of off/on time swiftly.