La Planchadora joins self-consumption together with TSO Group to cover their essential needs during this health crisis in the most sustainable way

TSO Group has designed, installed and is currently monitoring the 23.20 kW SUNO® Ultralight panel photovoltaic solar plant, which already supplies electricity during the day to La Planchadora, a well-known dry cleaner and laundry in Seville for its express home service.

Thanks to this photovoltaic plant, La Planchadora covers 97% of its daytime electricity demand, obtaining great benefits in terms of energy savings and efficiency. In this sense, the annual production of the solar plant will reach more than 36,000 kWh and will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 14,000 kg per year, a figure that is equivalent to planting 433 trees each year. According to Jesus Jimenez, manager of La Planchadora, “we are very happy to have a self-consumption plant on our roof which, while allowing us to save money, also contributes to the environment by generating clean energy.”

Due to its adaptability to any surface and high efficiency, the panel installed in the photovoltaic solar plant of La Planchadora has been the SUNO® Ultralight, exclusive of TSO Group. Its flexible and ultralight material has allowed a 100% architectural integration, without the need of structures or perforations. These solar panels are only adhered to the roof with a special polymer to avoid damaging it, as it is treated with an insulating material against high temperatures.

This company will also have the ECO20® seal from TSO Group that will certify the production of photovoltaic solar energy in self-consumption of its plant, which is guaranteed by ECA Bureau Veritas. This requires a minimum period of three months in which to verify the consumption and condition of the solar plant. The company expresses its satisfaction with this sustainable commitment and the manager assures that the next step is to “discard plastic packaging in favour of a more renewable material, such as paper.”

La Planchadora is among the companies that have continued its activity since the decree of State of Alert by the COVID-19, adding to their daily work the manufacture of acetate masks and face protectors, which they distribute among their customers, health personnel and the bodies of the Police and the Civil Guard of the Andalusian capital. In addition, the manager of this company has announced that “we already have prepared masks and protective screens for children”, on the occasion of the permission to walk that has been granted by the Spanish Government and that will be official from Monday 27th. 

TSO optimizes and repowers solar plants with drone

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.

ROYSE celebrates its 40th Anniversary betting again for self-consumption with TSO

 

  • 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.

 

ECO20® certificated by ECA Grupo Bureau Veritas

TSO’s ECO20® seal already counts on the certification by ECA Grupo Bureau Veritas.

This seal is the only seal that guarantees the 100% solar origin and the CO2 emission reduction of self-consumption solar energy.

 

TSO, The South Oracle again achieves a milestone in its roadmap as a company specialized in solar energy and, this time, the star is its ECO20® seal, which, in alliance with ECA Grupo Bureau Veritas, makes its application certifiable for any asset, under principles of total objectivity and impartiality regarding the savings in consumption.

 

ECO20® is the only seal guaranteeing the residential, commercial, service and industrial sectors that the origin of their power consumption is solar energy. This seal proves the clear position in favour of environmental sustainability, because of its double certifying function: on one side, it guarantees the 100% solar originated self-consumption; and, on the other side, it thus testifies the reduction in CO2 emissions.

 

Furthermore, there are four differentiating ECO20® categories to determine the level of solar energy self-consumption from any installation or power plant. This way, every sector, in function of their solar power consumption, can be certified with the ECO20® seal, proving their level of energy efficiency. To that intent, there exist four distinctive referentials of the ECO20® seal establishing the level of a solar power plant’s renewable self-consumption. The first is the seal itself, aimed to certify those not overpassing 50% of renewable power consumption; the second, labeled as ‘Silver’, credits self-consumption up to 70%; the third, labeled as ‘Gold’, credits up to 80%; and the last category, ‘Platinum’, certifies those solar installations over 80%.

How ECO20® is born

 

Early 2017, TSO detected the growing interest big multinational companies showed in supplying their power needs with 100% renewable energy through direct self-consumption. Corporations like Apple, Google, News Corp, etc. were installing huge renewable power plants to supply their DPCs and central facilities. The whole initiative is born with the intentino to emotionally connect to their customers and increase their fidelization.

 

Following the same trend, TSO designed this certification called ECO20®: “Made with solar energy”, based on the compensation of warranties of origin issued by CNMC, for self-consumption solar photovoltaic installations for exporting agrofood companies. But, currently, this concept has been expanded  to other sectors (real estate, health, industrial or services) due to the huge potential it represents. This way, any company, business, industry or residential building consuming solar photovoltaic energy can differentiate from concurrence in a positive manner through the certification offered by the ECO20® seal, improving their policy in terms of sustainability and efficiency, and being part of their country’s energy transition.