Conergy Services partners with QOS to monitor 500 MW European solar portfolio

Conergy Services GmbH, which is the operations and maintenance (O&M) arm of Conergy, a German-based developer of solar projects, has partnered with French energy software provider QOS Energy for the management of its 500 MWp European solar PV portfolio.

Conergy will utilize QOS Energy’s Qantum software platform to help deliver more streamlined O&M for its PV customers, as well as identifying ways to maximize plant efficiency. QOS Energy was chosen from a shortlist of three O&M solution vendors to integrate Conergy’s 500 MWp portfolio into its solar platform over the next six months.

According to QOS Energy business development director Robert Urban, QOS’s handling of Conergy’s portfolio will also include a dedicate set of pre-configured analyses and reports that offer added-value for solar clients.

"For this project we will deliver a fully tailored and pre-configured working environment enabling Conergy Services to be operational from day one," said Urban. "KPIs such as availability calculation or suppliers’ SLA will be delivered turnkey. Conergy Services particularly valued the built-in O&M workflow and the flexible mobile CMMS portal for field technicians."

Acquiring accurate and real time data from the field is an increasingly important part of solar plant management, and Conergy’s VP-CTO Jean-Yves Bellet explained that QOS Energy’s software capability to fetch data from any system, data logger or sensor was key in informing Conergy’s decision to opt for the Qantum platform.

"Data acquisition can seem quite simple but is a big challenge considering the heterogeneity of systems and communication methods in solar PV," said Bellet. The Qantum platform is able to exchange data with third-party databases, which makes it a more flexible option than many competitor platforms.

"This is a requisite step towards an even more complex process to transform a large amount of raw data into intelligible, accurate and powerful decision-making tools," Bellet concluded.

A recent report by GTM Research forecasts the global solar O&M market to reach 390 GW by 2020, and will prove to be a particularly profitable sector in the world’s more mature solar regions, such as Europe and North America.