Enerparc AG, an independent power producer (IPP), has selected Sitemark as its partner of choice for aerial data analytics services. Enerparc has been closely following the rapidly developing landscape for aerial inspections and platforms available for managing PV sites. Enerparc will use Sitemark’s “Fuse” platform to achieve its vision of streamlining and driving asset management and digitalizationacross its extensive portfolio.
Stefan Müller, chief operating officer of Enerparc, said: “Insights from large scale thermal inspections [are] helping us to increase plant performance and to make best use of our resources. Sitemark combines a good product with a high level of service. A reliable partner and close cooperation in the development of custom features is key for Enerparc’s special demands.”
In 2020, more than 1 GWp of Enerparc solar assets will be inspected by drones equipped with high-resolution visual cameras and thermographic sensors. The majority of the drone inspections will be executed through Sitemark’s extensive pilot network. At the same time, Sitemark will also be working together with Enerparc to help gradually build its in-house capabilities to perform a significant amount of the drone inspections over the years to come.
The captured aerial data will be processed and analyzed using market-leading platform Sitemark Fuse. Powered by artificial intelligence, Sitemark Fuse identifies and analyzes PV module anomalies at the cell, module and string level while offering state-of-art features that optimize maintenance work and, ultimately, result in greater portfolio returns. Enerparc will also be taking advantage of Sitemark’s newly released inspection product Sitemark “Essential”, a photo-based inspection solution targeted towards larger PV sites and portfolios where data acquisition times are up to four times faster.
Faster data acquisition gives customers such as Enerparc the ability to inspect large sites and extensive portfolios in a significantly shorter time.
Vishal Punamiya, chief security officer of Sitemark, said: “Enerparc has been a pioneer and a thought leader on several fronts within the PV industry and for Sitemark to be selected as [its] partner of choice is a huge sign of endorsement and trust for the hard work and collaboration between our teams over the past two years.”