SCADA & MONITORING

In recent years, the use of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems has grown in the solar industry.

 

SCADA systems monitor data from a vast amount of devices, including meters, inverters, weather stations, trackers, DC strings and substation equipment. These systems provide information to determine whether or not solar plant equipment is performing as expected, identifying offline and malfunctioning equipment. System operators and performance engineers can analyze the SCADA data and determine when to deploy technicians to resolve any issues.

 

For developers who own and manage multiple plants, it’s critical to employ more automated methods of identifying and addressing performance issues. The energy industry as a whole has, tight operating margins, SCADA is an economical solution to analyze and investigate root causes of issues.

 

 

 

 

THE i-kWh SCADA PACKAGE

Our systems are able to incorporate baseline data of how a plant should perform, This information is used to calculate actual and projected performance, is part of a plant’s overall financial management reporting. Our systems should incorporate a plant’s performance expectations and then analyze and compare that data to actual performance.

 

Our SCADA systems are able to provide detailed information on:

 

  • Weather forecasts: By integrating weather forecast service support, along with expected performance, the SCADA system can provide accurate energy forecasts, providing insight into data and sensor calibration.

 

  • Device-level analysis: When performance is analyzed at the individual device level, such as individual inverter capacity, string counts and installed solar panel specifications, a SCADA system can alert operators and maintenance technicians of device performance issues and the level of impact for quick analysis.

 

  • Tracker angles: Adding calculated tracker angles into the SCADA system identifies when trackers are not tracking to the optimal angles, resulting in decreased energy production.

 

  • Lost energy analysis: Lost energy, a measure of the amount of energy that would have been produced if all devices were functioning optimally, provides historical details to analyze under-performing devices.

 

  • Rate schedules: Including Rate Schedule Awareness enables the SCADA system to know the value of the energy produced by the plant or the value of the energy not produced. This information is used to evaluate a plant’s financial performance.

 

Real-time analysis allows operators the ability to not need to constantly monitor a plant. The SCADA system can provide performance-based alarms to alert operators when a site, or individual devices within that site, are not performing optimally.

 

 

YOUR EXPORT CONTROL PARTNER

At i-kWh, our team of experts have worked on a diversified portfolio ranging from C&I to utility scale. With a significant focus on controls and instrumentation for the PV solar market. We work with asset owners, developers and EPCs to ensure the control systems designed function the same regardless of size. If projects grow, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Depending on requirements, i-kWh are able to provide a turnkey solution or bespoke services, including:

  • Commissioning
  • Configuration
  • Data collection
  • Design/architecture
  • Emergency field services
  • Engineering
  • Fiber optic cabling, termination, and testing
  • Freelance solar string analysis
  • Hardware acquisition
  • Maintenance/repairs
  • Meteorological (weather) stations
  • Network communications OEM coordination
  • PLC Serial device cabling
  • System installation
  • Testing
  • Training personnel
  • Upgrades

 

i-kWh’s services include architecture, configuration, installation, and commissioning.

 

 

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