Like many areas in renewable energy, the operations and maintenance of large-scale solar power plants is becoming an increasingly sophisticated affair. Granular data gathered using hardware such as drones and thermal imaging equipment, in combination with complex analytics software, mean that service providers now have oversight of a plant right down to the performance of individual cells and components. A look at fault detection offers several examples of these trends in action.
Ensuring that cables and connectors are compatible and fit for purpose is a key consideration when it comes to procuring components for a PV system, but one that some industry players appear to take lightly, which can cause problems further down the line.
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