Solar Plant Monitoring Articles

  • Hardware Solutions to Monitor Gas and Thermal Energy

    Why Monitor Gas and Thermal Energy? Hang on, are you telling me you are an energy manager that’s only worried about electricity!? Let’s take a step back and realise that gas represents nearly 40% of the total energy consumed in the industrial and service sectors in Europe. That’s almost half, you guys! ...


    By DEXMA

  • Planning Compliance – Why Bother?

    In this week’s edition of The Planner newsletter, there is an article entitled Enforcement officers are ‘unsung heroes’ – quoting a speech given at the recent National Association for Planning Enforcement (NAPE) conference. ...

  • Smart PV Monitoring with smart Weather Stations

    Goodbye Cable Clutter, Hello All-In-One Weather Sensors: Lufft is proof of the fact that professional measurement technology does not always have to be complicated. With our experience in weather sensor manufacturing we are the first to offer modular, all-in-one weather sensors for the solar energy industry that require only a single cable connection. Everything you need for solar monitoring is ...

  • The Benefits of Micro Inverters

    The Benefits of Micro Inverters   In the solar world, one of the big debates is the whole string inverter vs. micro inverter issue.  Solar inverters are the devices that convert DC power being produced by the solar panel into AC power.  The debate lies in which type of inverter is better, string or ...


    By Stellar Solar

  • Notting hill - condensing boiler case study

    Customer: Notting Hill Housing Trust Location: Hammersmith Heating System: Worcester Bosch Condensing System Boiler Installed: 01/10 This is a large 6 Bedroom Victorian Terrace Town House, which was built over 100 years ago and is typical of thousands of similar houses in Suburban London. The ...


    By Vortex Energy Saver

  • European Power Markets in Transition

    With European energy markets in transition, all market participants now face a number of potentially tricky challenges. A combination of EU initiatives, increasingly invasive regulations and a backdrop of falling and less volatile commodity prices, have precipitated an era of change and uncertainty in which there are fewer trading opportunities and profits are harder to come by. Analysis ...


    By Powel AS

  • Weather Data for Noise Monitoring

    “Weather conditions are the single largest variable factor in how sound travels over large distances,” says Steve Bilawchuk principal partner and engineer at ACI Acoustical Consultants Inc. “Wind speed and wind direction are of crucial importance.” ACI is an acoustical engineering consulting company based in Alberta, Canada, which uses ...

  • Case study: Why it`s Time to Revisit your EH&S System

    Introduction: We know what you’re going to say. Trust us. We’re experienced professionals; we’ve been doing it this way for the past 15 years. Why fix what isn’t broken? We just don’t have the money right now. We don’t have time to train everyone on a new system. We’ve heard all the ...


    By RegScan, Inc.

  • Frito-Lay, Arizona Service Center Phoenix, Arizona

    “Frito-Lay's use of PV power systems on their facilities demonstrates solar power is a viable means to meet the energy resources needed to run a large-scale business while addressing environmental issues.” Sean Seitz, American Solar Electric, Inc. Unique Feature: Real-time monitoring on the internet with SMA Web Box. Unique Fact: The Largest ...


    By Kyocera Solar, Inc.

  • Gatorade Distribution Facility Tolleson, Arizona

    "The Gatorade solar installation produced 108% of the expected energy during the 30-day incentive performance verification test, the highest to date.” Chico Hunter, Sr. Engineer, SRP EarthWise Solar Energy Program Unique Feature: The system has generated more energy than anticipated- at 108% capacity, according to officials from the Salt River Project (SPR), the Phoenix based ...


    By Kyocera Solar, Inc.

  • Solar Panels

    The Customer The Company is a worldwide developer, manufacturer, and distributor of solar electricity panels. The Process The Company uses a multiple zone conventional printing dryer for thin-film deposition onto solar cells. A special foil substrate is passed through rollers that transfer a proprietary ink formulation and epoxy adhesive ...

  • Quality and reliability of CPV systems more important than ever

    As innovations such as multi-junction cells with four and more junctions are developed for the concentrated photovoltaic industry, solar simulators will play a critical role in commercialization. In a recent PV Insider industry analysis “The Current Status of CPV”, Joe Schneider, Business Development Manager at Alpha-Omega Power Technologies, explained that ...

  • The impact of plant water uptake and recharge on groundwater level at a site in the Loess Plateau of China

    Shallow groundwater in unconsolidated sediments represents a substantial water resource in the Chinese Loess Plateau. However, prior to development of the water supply for agriculture, annual and seasonal fluctuation of the recharge mechanism should be clarified. Since the region is arid, the effect of plant water uptake on groundwater fluctuation must also be assessed. A study was therefore ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Retrofit for the future project - funded by the technology strategy board

    A terraced house in Birmingham was refurbished with a target to cut heating bills by at least £1,000 a year and CO2 by 80%. The project aimed to address specific barriers to large scale low carbon housing retrofit. Measures to improve the energy efficiency of the house were carried out such as the application of exterior wall cladding and the installation of solar PV. Encraft will monitor ...


    By Encraft Ltd

  • Choosing Data Loggers for Your Green Building Project

    Environmental Construction and Energy Projects Require High-Accuracy Devices The green building industry is growing quickly, and successful projects benefit from assessment and evaluation from start to finish. From hospitals to industrial operations to single-family homes, measurements of conditions such as temperature, solar radiation, and energy consumption are essential to carrying out ...


    By CAS DATALOGGERS

  • Your guide to science and technology at Rio+20

    How will science and technology fare at the Rio+20 summit? Aisling Irwin looks at scientists' demands and assesses their chances. Is this the last chance for scientists to save the planet? The UN Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20 — enters its final phase of negotiations next week at a summit to be attended by more than 130 heads of state. At stake ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Direct incentives for smart energy and sustainability projects

    Implementing actions to be more sustainable or to “go green” are shown to be economically beneficial in a number of ways (see my article on the 9 Purely Business Reasons to Go Green). One thing that holds back many companies from these programs, however, is the upfront costs. Although a smart sustainability program will make back that initial investment and more over time, some ...


  • Vancouver public library green roof monitoring project

    Introduction: Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) initiated this study to add to the pool of information on Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Low Impact Development (LID) methods. In June 2003, PWGSC partnered with Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. to conduct a year long monitoring project on the Vancouver Public Library green roof. The purpose of this project is to assess ...


    By XP Solutions

  • New Jersey Issues Final Energy Master Plan

    After significant delays, New Jersey finally released the State’s 2011 Energy Master Plan. As expected, the plan provides a significant commitment to solar power, but also addresses this year’s dramatic drop in SREC prices. The plan didn’t over incentivize the solar industry, and expands on the energy conservation incentives for existing buildings which is important given that ...

  • New monitoring technology helps reveal Arctic secrets

    A group of Arctic researchers has employed the latest monitoring technology to investigate the effects of climate change, by measuring temperature and salinity in the water column beneath surface ice. The results of the investigation, which utilised YSI’s new 'Castaway-CTD', could cast new light on our understanding of the ways in which shifting ocean currents impact upon the climate in ...

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