TSO, The South Oracle, has patented an exclusive software for the automatic identification of failures in the images taken with drone in solar panels, which in addition to guaranteeing the maintenance of photovoltaic plants, also allows repowering.
In order to develop this project called OSR, Optimized Solar Repowering, TSO has a team of engineers and scientists within the Biomedical Technology Centre of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) who work with leading-edge technology to complete this software that will be launched on the market in the first quarter of 2020.
What is OSR?
After an exhaustive analysis of photovoltaic plants in Europe, TSO’s R&D department saw the need to accelerate the maintenance process, minimizing costs and its duration. Therefore, the research focused on developing a computer system connected to drones, the aim of which was to provide in record time, a complete report of the current status of each photovoltaic panel within a plant.
Thus OSR, the preventive-predictive and corrective Smart Solar Maintenance (SSM) software, was born, which through thermography and visible image with drone also guarantees the Repowering/Revamping of solar plants, detecting failures in solar modules instantly and allowing the reinstallation of damaged panels for optimal solar production, even offering an economic study of such repowering/revamping. In this way, OSR will be presented as an innovative solution in the updating of photovoltaic plants that have already completed their warranty period and need to return to full performance.
With this software, TSO will put an end to the problems many current installations have nowadays, which gradually affect their production during their useful life, by predicting the panels that are going to fail before compliance with the guarantee and those that have to be changed in plants that have completed 10 years of operation and are therefore out of guarantee. Reports of this company indicate that around 6-8% of the solar modules present failures in plants installed 10 years ago and that 2% of the modules will fail throughout their useful life in any solar plant.
In conclusion, OSR will cover three existing needs in photovoltaic plants. Firstly, the preventive-predictive and corrective (SSM); secondly, the plant repowering/revamping to optimize the production and finally, the economic study and the new proposal that will guarantee the maximum profitability of the solar plant.
TSO announces that a demonstration of the advantages of its OSR patent will be conducted during the O&M and Asset Management International Congress to be held on 5 December in London.
TSO will install four new solar plants in the ROYSE delegations of Andalusia and Madrid, which add up to a total of 30 kWp.
The bearing company is also committed to the storage of solar energy thanks to the batteries offered by TSO.
Once again, the ROYSE Group, Bearings and Services, S.L. relies on TSO, The South Oracle, for its experience in the solar photovoltaic sector, to expand its self-consumption offer with the installation of four new solar plants between its delegations of Andalusia and Madrid.
The company, one of the world leaders in bearings, celebrates its 40th Anniversary, joining the energy transition with TSO and beginning a new stage oriented towards environmental sustainability. For this, the total power contracted will be about 30 kWp, estimating an annual production well above 40,000 kWh per year. With this power distributed among the new four photovoltaic plants, ROYSE will achieve a reduction of 16 tons in its annual CO2 emissions, equivalent to 1,066 trees. In addition, the company is committed to energy storage with the installation of innovative batteries offered by TSO, which will allow ROYSE to consume clean energy at night.
TSO is once again the company chosen by ROYSE for the design and installation of its new solar plants, thanks to the quality, profitability and excellence of its exclusive ultralight flexible solar panel, PSFU (eArche®). We remind that the bearing firm has benefited from the energy self-consumption of the hand of TSO since last July, in two of its delegations in Seville capital. Both located in the Parsi Industrial Area, one of 27 kWp and another of 5.3 kWp.
According to the data of our monitoring system, the photovoltaic plant of greater power (27 kWp) has generated savings of 25% in its first six months of life (from July to December 2018). This percentage translates into about 3,000 euros of savings in the electricity bill and a reduction of more than 10 tons in CO2 emissions.