The Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) has decided to support the project: Digitalisation of Photovoltaic Operations.
EUDP is a program under the Danish Energy Agency.
The project involves installation 500 MW solar power in Denmark
The project partners are European Energy, DTU Electro, Emazys
The total project investments amounts to 200M€
The project research and development budget is 1.13 M€
Project duration: 2022-2023
The year 2022, will represent a transition to a new era, with significant progress and changes in the utility scale PV technology across all steps of the value chain. New concepts in Photovoltaic module and inverter technology are expected to replace the relative status quo of the last decade, in a complete and more digital transition.
The objective of this project is to develop novel O&M tools applicable to the new PV technology with high-power high current PV modules, will also taking full advantage of the modern world digital technologies.
In the project we will
- develop an updated set of performance indicators, that not only describe the overall power plant Performance Ratio, but also describe the actual absolute and relative performance of each individual electrical module string
- digitalise the automatic collection and analysis of IV-curve measurements made on all electrical strings in the power plant on a regular and frequent sampling frequency
- introduce and apply Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy as a tool to obtain detailed information on the health status of all individual PV module at the string level
- search for unknown risk-factors in the newly developed bi-facial module technologies and identify root-causes and mitigation methods for anomalies
The project brings together in one unique consortium:
- a Danish PV project developer, European Energy, who already have taken Final Investment Decision to install ½ million of the new bifacial, glass-glass, large wafer, large power and high current modules this year,
- a research institute, DTU Electro, specialised in PV technology in general and performance measurements in specific,
- a Danish company, Emazys, who have secured essential IPR, developed field test equipment, know-how and commercial business activities for the use of Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) in the field of PV O&M and fault detection, and
- a top-level German research institute, Fraunhofer CSP, who have specialised in the areas of PV Module and System Reliability, Diagnostics and Metrology.
As outcome of the project European Energy expect to integrate the new monitoring and fault-detection solution developed by Emazys into it’s offering of O&M services to external asset owners. For Emazys the outcome of the project will be a commercial product in form of an upgraded measurement devices capable of handling the higher currents and voltages as are being used in the new electrical designs, together with novel cloud based analysis software.