AE’s solar PV inverter integration simplifies real-time data monitoring

Advanced Energy Industries released a solar-installation-site monitoring product that integrates AE hardware with monitoring software from various providers. The real-time data monitoring is installed in the factory rather than at the installation.

August 23, 2011 — Advanced Energy Industries Inc. (Nasdaq:AEIS) released a solar-installation-site monitoring product that integrates Advanced Energy (AE) hardware with monitoring software from ArgusON, DECK Monitoring, Draker Laboratories, ESA Renewables, Locus Energy or Noveda Technologies. The AE Commercial Monitoring Solution adds flexibility to photovoltaics inverter monitoring with streamlined balance-of-systems (BOS) costs. The UL-listed monitoring product is integrated and tested at the factory rather than in the field.

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The real-time data monitoring can improve energy production from solar photovoltaics installations and help operators schedule operations/maintenance during optimal downtime, AE asserts. Automatic event alerts notify system managers when they need to work adjust the solar panels or otherwise respond. Users can choose the software company that best fits their PV installation?s needs. Modbus communications connect to external monitoring & SCADA systems.

 

Casey Miller, director, site solutions at AE Solar Energy, discusses how the new product addresses the strong customer demand for hardware and software flexibility without the troubleshooting, project delays and BOS costs associated with traditional in-field monitoring installations, in a podcast interview with ElectroIQ’s Debra Vogler, senior technical editor. Because the new system provides for factory integration and testing of the monitoring hardware/software, the product is turn-key upon installation. “We estimate that by integrating AE’s monitoring solution on a single inverter, a customer is expected to save $2,000-$5,000 on field labor alone,” said Miller.

AE also offers SiteGuard field services for solar-plant management, and Solaron and PV Powered inverters.

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) makes standard monitoring hardware for solar energy installations. Learn more at www.advanced-energy.com/solarenergy.

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