Stage 3: Proof of Concept
Our innovation has being tested on several small solar plants. Working data of the panels was collected successfully. These preliminary data describes the working status of the panels and suggest defects concisely.
Solar, Energy Service, Metering & Payment Systems and Monitoring & Evaluation
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Solar power is a fast-growing new energy source. Hundreds million solar panels have been installed worldwide every year. Without efficient operation and maintenance, panels with defect will influence
the electricity yield and threaten the sustainability of the plants as well.
However, due to lack of efficient methods to inspect
individual panels, we still rely on experience to maintain solar
plants, which is always not efficient and will cause unnecessary waste of
We would like to improve
solar panel management by applying Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial
Intelligence (A.I.) technologies. We provide a unique IoT solution that helps to
collect data from each panel. With the data we can 1) evaluate status for each individual
panel as well as the whole plant, 2) address the defects and failures, and 3) provide
advices on improvements.
Operation and maintenance
(O&M) providers, solar asset owners, the PV industry and the society
are the beneficiaries. Panel failures can cause over 11.5% yield loss in 20 years operation. Our innovation helps O&M providers to do better job.
Different from other energy sources, solar is democratic. Its sustainable operation would benefit thousands of small businesses and local entities. Besides, solar
data can contribute to the policy making i.e. developing reuse and
Mission and Vision
define ourselves as a solar data company. By applying our IoT technologies, we
digitalize solar assets and build up a solar data platform. We also provide
various data applications in order to maximize asset value as well as improve
its long-term sustainability.
We hope every solar plant could operate sustainably and
provide more clean energy in order to solve environment problems.
We start our project in Japan and would like to expand around
collect solar data at panel level and discover the potential of the data. We
help solar plants to operate sustainably and realize their biggest value. How do we do it?
terms of hardware, we adopt a unique IoT technology "PPLC" (Pulse
Powerline Communication) that we attach PPLC built-in sensors behind each solar
panel to collect data, monitor its operation status and send the data by the power
line. It is easy to receive the signals from PPLC as they have excellent resistance
to noises. A gateway before inverter is connected to all panels and communicate
data with server. PPLC is a university invention held by the University of
Tokyo. We've had an exclusive license agreement with the university.
terms of software, we develop various data applications to visualize solar
plants as well as suggest new strategies to increase electricity yield and
profit. The innovative applications may include but not limit to
1) highly efficient inspection and working status evaluation
2) automatic defect and failure address
3) panel replacement suggestions and impact simulations
4) other improvement suggestions such as installation optimization
5) new insurance products development to avoid long-term risks
Some preliminary data collected from several operating plants have
implied the feasibility of the applications.
competitive advantages are as bellows.
1) The current O&M procedure consists of remote
monitoring, local inspection, impact assessment and solution while our innovation
brings a remote and automatic integrated solution all in one platform. Moreover,
it does not require professionalism and expensive professional inspection equipment
2) In terms of effectiveness, our solution can suggest much
more attractive maintenance strategies. The current O&M only focuses on how
to assist users to ask the manufactures to replace panels for free while our
solution can do more.
3) In terms of IoT technologies, our solution is the easiest
to deploy. There are a few competitors trying to provide panel-level monitoring
system. However, their solution requires extra equipment and construction,
which is difficult to implement. For example, our innovation does not need extra device between sensors and gateway other than hundreds routing devices in competitors’
Planned Goals and Milestones
tested our solution at several small solar plants preliminarily. In the
following year, we will test it on two 100kWatt level plants. These plants have
operated for over 20 years whose panel data is ideal for developing
applications. We will focus on these two plants and complete our case study.
Our success on these plants will move us into the stage of "transition to
scale". Several potential clients (Japanese O&M service providers) are
waiting for our results.
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