Solar PV Monitoring System – Munich. ( Solar Thermal Magazine )
Intersolar Europe will see the debut of TÜV SÜD’s Performance Guard, an intelligent tool that allows the owners of photovoltaic installations to monitor the power production of their photovoltaic systems. “Performance Guard is the result of our know-how and our experience in modelling and simulation of PV systems”, says Ondrej Vaculin, Business Area Manager Renewable Energies at TÜV SÜD Czech. As a special feature, this innovative tool automatically compares actual power production with theoretical power production, calculated on the basis of meteorological data and with the help of a simulation model.
“The target/performance comparison delivers important information about a system’s performance reserves and potential for improvement”, explains Vaculin. The difference between actual and theoretical power production can be used to quickly identify any technical malfunctions or defects in the systems, which would go unnoticed with standard monitoring systems.
Certification of inverters and solar storage tanks
One of the focal topics at TÜV SÜD’s stand at Intersolar Europe 2014 will be the new certificates for PV inverters and solar storage systems. “Inverters are central elements of PV systems and PV power plants”, explains Gian Maria Fontolan, expert in the testing of PV inverters at TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH.
We help designers and manufacturers to ensure that their products are in compliance with all national and international legal requirements.
The range of testing services extends from electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), environmental impact, load management and power grid compatibility to the overall performance and efficiency of PV inverters.
At the trade fair TÜV SÜD will also introduce its certification for solar storage systems. The facts that government funds in Germany are increasingly spent on solutions for own consumption and that feed-in tariffs are in decline serve to drive the further development of solar storage systems, and with them the demand for appropriate tests and certificates. TÜV SÜD assists manufacturers with finding appropriate standards and has developed a test programme for solar storage systems, which covers safety and performance tests that can be aligned to the individual requirements of the systems.
About Intersolar Europe:
Intersolar Europe takes place annually at Messe München. It is the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and its partners. In 2013, 1,292 international exhibitors and round 50,000 trade visitors attended Intersolar Europe. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. Since its founding, it has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry. The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference consolidates the topics of the exhibition. In 2013, more than 400 speakers and around 2,000 attendees discussed current industry topics and shed light on the background of technological, market and political developments.