More than 75% of the European Union’s gas emissions come from energy production and use. This is why one of the climate objectives for 2030 is to move towards clean and sustainable energy. In this context, the European Green Pact, which seeks to prioritize energy efficiency, improve performance and develop an energy sector based on renewable sources, is decisive.

One of the renewable energy sources driving the move towards a green transition is photovoltaics, which continues to break records in the European Union (Ember Climate).

However, at a time when fossil fuels still play a major role, photovoltaic energy production faces significant challenges such as:

  • Decentralized power generation.
  • Reduce downtime.
  • Analyze information in real time.
  • Reduce time to market.
  • Predictive and preventive maintenance.
  • Increase production.

In this context, digitalization and technological innovations become the great allies to meet these challenges of the sector, with the aim of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

 

Main challenges in photovoltaic production management

Currently, photovoltaic energy production companies are faced with:

  • Data dispersion

Due to geographical dispersion and the nature of the layout of solar panels, sometimes inaccessible, there is a lack of data unification. This makes it impossible to know relevant information to meet real needs, and therefore to optimize processes in energy production.

  • Poor monitoring

This lack of data at a global level leads to the inability to make a historical follow-up that would allow us to know the behavior patterns. Having this information would make it possible to adjust supply and demand to reality, optimizing assets in a sustainable way.

  • Lack of clear objectives and strategic actions

By not having unified and standardized data, the objectives set are not adjusted to an objective reality, but rather the actions are focused incorrectly, which prevents energy efficiency from being achieved.

  • Technological infrastructure

There is currently no effective commitment to meet the objectives of the European Green Pact. By not investing in cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, operating technologies or IoT, there is an isolation of data that is not contrasted with the needs of the current market. This generates a strong impediment to achieve the linking of photovoltaic power plants, maximize energy use, reduce unnecessary expenses and take advantage of data to trace strategic actions.

All these problems result in a lack of production control, which highlights the importance of technological innovation for the renewable energy sector.

That is why many companies are already integrating Artificial Intelligence, augmented reality, data analytics or robotics through centralized control systems for power plants, ensuring efficiency and high availability of their services, while reducing costs.

 

Your business is more profitable and sustainable with Artificial Intelligence.

 

How to optimize photovoltaic energy production

Digital tools allow the renewable energy sector to automate work processes and remotely control production. Thus, technological innovation is making photovoltaic energy increasingly sustainable, both environmentally and economically.

Thanks to the implementation of an integrated operations platform, companies in the photovoltaic sector have a great opportunity to effectively meet today’s challenges, enabling:

  • Decentralized energy generation

The platforms that have technological innovation as a basis, allows more accurate decisions because it brings together and standardizes in one place, all the information from the different sensors installed in photovoltaic power plants.

This eliminates geographical barriers, knowing in real time the production of plants located at a considerable distance, and avoids the energy islands so common in the renewable energy sector.

  • Downtime reduction

This type of platform generates alerts based on predictive maintenance, which makes photovoltaic plants more efficient.

  • Real-time analysis of incoming data

By analyzing the information received in real time, these platforms accurately predict certain aspects that may affect photovoltaic production, such as the weather. This type of data allows strategic decisions to be made to favor the total availability of the service.

  • Reduced time-to-market and increased production

Thanks to planning using technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, it is possible to optimize the construction time of new photovoltaic plants, which contributes to a reduction in time-to-market and early energy production.

  • Remote maintenance and asset lifetime

Whenever the platforms can be integrated with other systems such as CMMS, they allow remote maintenance through Cloud Monitoring. In other words, not only are periodic reviews carried out, but also, thanks to the history of data and values, different parameters are controlled and possible failures that could affect service downtime can be anticipated. This, in turn, favors the useful life of the assets and guarantees the best possible performance.

Monitoring is one of the key factors in controlling how photovoltaic energy is consumed, how it is stored or how it is injected into the grid. This is why optimizing the control of energy production is crucial for the photovoltaic industry.

 

Optimize energy production with an integrated platform

Nexus Integra is an integrated operations platform that allows you to manage and monitor your power plants from any location and device. Thanks to the latest technological innovations such as Big Data or Machine Learning, we design a future with optimized processes.

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