Service App offers an integrated cloud solution for the smart monitoring of photovoltaic modules
Lachen, near Memmingen, Germany, 11. October 2017: Sunbrush mobil GmbH (SBM), a provider of cleaning systems for facades and the photovoltaic sector, is expanding its portfolio for diagnostics and monitoring technologies. Thermal imaging cameras and the SBM App now allow users to analyze the performance of PV installations, live and module specifically, through the integrated cloud solution during cleaning cycles.
The SBM Diagnostic solution has been on the market for almost two years. It enables the functional efficiency of solar modules to be thermographically checked by means of a thermal imaging camera that can be subsequently fitted to the company’s cleaning brushes. With its new service app, Sunbrush mobil GmbH has expanded the combination of cleaning and function control to include real-time capabilities: While previously the data relating to a solar power plant would have been transferred manually, now it can be seen live on a tablet, laptop or stationary computer. This allows power-plant operators to identify defective cells, cell connectors and string diodes at any place. The app is currently available for Android.
Save service costs through the ‘two in one’ principle.
“Combining thermal imaging technology with the cleaning of modules merges two operations into one, thereby significantly reducing service costs,” explains Franz Ehleuter, CEO at Sunbrush mobil GmbH. “The integrated cloud service provides the complete functional transparency of solar parks and saves time in the evaluation of damage profiles. The precision analysis is also helpful for carrying out targeted repairs.” Regular monitoring provides a valuable contribution to the comprehensive technical documentation of solar power plants, thereby supporting the assertion of guarantees, warranties and damage claims with module manufacturers and insurance companies.
The app was created in collaboration with the Institute for Energy and Drive Technology at the Technical University of Ulm, led by Prof. Dr. Gerd Heilscher. Sunbrush mobil has had close research cooperation with the institute over many years. All components and manufacturing processes relating to SBM products are the result of collaborations and long-term partnerships with other engineering firms from the Allgäu region of Germany. The company holds German and European patents for all SBM products. Renowned solar-module manufacturers have certified the entire range of SBM brushes, thereby authorizing their use in professional applications.