Solar-energy-solutions

Entrack – Solar Plant Monitoring Device

The solution was designed to serve a client who had a Solar Farm, generating 40 MW power with approximately a hundred thousand solar panels installed. Naturally, monitoring individual panels for their average power generation data and keeping a check on their working condition was not possible manually.

AIM OF THE PROJECT

The customer wanted a solution to monitor individual solar panel from central control room. This project precisely aimed at creating a low power device that would measure individual panel performance and promptly intimate any functionality fault.

THE CHALLENGE

The major challenge was to create and test a system that connects to each panel, 24 hours a day.

FEATURES

  • Monitor, measure and report power generated from solar panels
  • Measure panel level performance
  • Indicate underperforming panel within no time
  • Real-time status management of solar panels through a sophisticated CMS
  • ZigBee based 2.4Ghz communication technology

VOLANSYS' ROLE

Volansys was involved right from understanding client’s problem statement to provide final tested and workable solution.

Volansys came up with a low-power wireless mesh networking device to build a mesh network and transfer data to central control room over the wireless interface with power measurement timing frequency as low as 5 minutes.

  • Architecting complete solution
  • Small form factor product design and development using Freescale – Kinetis KW2x Platform
  • Prototype development
  • Complete board design, layout design as per product’s Mechanical packaging design
  • Hardware bring up
  • Firmware design and developmentHardware and Firmware Integrated testing
  • Cloud software design and developmentSystem testing