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Ensun Interview with our CEO Johannes Burgard: Can PV Monitoring optimize solar installations?

In this interview, our CEO Johannes Burgard discusses the crucial importance of utilizing PV monitoring software for the efficient operation of photovoltaic systems and provides insights into the future development of this field.

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Here are the key points summarized from this interview:

PV Monitoring: Is Data the Key to Optimal Performance?

PV monitoring is all about remote monitoring of technical systems. A visual interface, like a web portal, allows owners and operators of photovoltaic systems to continuously monitor their performance. “Monitoring tells us if the system is running well. There are various levels of monitoring,” explains Johannes.

Where is PV Monitoring used?

With the growing importance of renewable energy, the applications of PV monitoring have increased. It’s used in large utility-scale parks, industrial applications, and even in single-family homes. “Homeowners often use simple mobile apps from manufacturers, while professionals use independent, detailed, and increasingly AI-driven software solutions,” notes our CEO.

When is it worth investing in PV Monitoring?

Many photovoltaic system owners wonder when it’s worth investing in PV monitoring. Johannes adds: “Monitoring is worthwhile from the first module. Small systems need less attention, but even basic monitoring can protect against unexpected damage and increase value. For larger systems, detailed monitoring is essential to maximize yield and enable quick problem-solving. For large-scale systems, analyzing optimization potential is crucial”.

What are the technical basics for effective monitoring?

Monitoring PV systems is straightforward. A reliable interface for data transfer is needed, which can be realized through a gateway, a data logger, or directly through the inverter for smaller systems, if supported by the manufacturer.

Importance of PV for the Energy Transition: How Essential is Solar Energy?

Solar energy plays a key role in the energy transition. “Over 99% of all PV systems are owned by homeowners who aren’t professionally involved in the topic. That’s why the PV industry is a special challenge in the broader context of the energy transition. The sun is a very reliable energy source that we can use daily for free. However, we need a balanced mix of all sustainable technologies. PV has a special significance for consumers and SMEs because it’s accessible, unlike wind turbines or hydropower. With PV, we can all actively contribute to a successful energy transition” explains Johannes.

The Future of PV Monitoring: What Lies Ahead?

Regarding the future of PV monitoring, our founder is realistic: “Remote monitoring will continue. The biggest value comes when monitoring is integrated into a larger context, such as with control functions in a Home Energy Management System (HEMS) or with potential analyses in large power plants. Good monitoring reduces work for the operator and ensures efficient operation with maximum yield”.

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