In the age of the ‘Internet of Things’, the solar industry (except in a domestic setting) lags at least 20 years behind other sectors. Today, we still send technicians into the field to locate and diagnose faults and these in amongst what are termed Series Strings that can number several hundred solar panels with each panel comprised of 60 to 90 solar cells.
When a fault occurs, performance of all the series-linked panels and solar cells drops to the lowest common denominator. This scenario needs to change. Over decades, this situation equates to an excessively high potential for fault occurrence and as a consequence a serious loss of power generating capacity, as demonstrated in LanneSolaire Technical Note One: Solar Panel Faults and Reduced Lifespan of solar installations.
LanneSolaire’s ‘know-how’ is based on long term exposure to solar technologies and a unique approach to high-end mathematics. Initially, we are wishing to apply this ‘know-how’ to large roof-top installations and Solar-Covered Landfill (SCL). In the case of SCL, the USA alone can boast over 10,000 disused landfill sites (USEPA) and thus a potentially exciting commercial opportunity. Here, differential substrate settlement results in unavoidable and unpredictable changes to solar panel tilt (loss of energy production) and thus a need to knowingly despatch technicians to repair, re-orientate or replace faulty modules.
Further details concerning the monumental technical challenge of long-term power production on disused landfill sites are presented in LanneSolaire Technical Note Two: Solar Energy Facilities on Unstable Substrates (Disused landfill, regularly flooded sites and soil-types rich in sand and loam).