By Martin Sime, Engineering Manager, Sensata Technologies

The global transition towards sustainable, clean energy sources such as solar power is driving a growing need for energy companies to improve operational efficiencies and safety more than ever before. As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) revolutionizes the ability to remotely monitor equipment in real-time, everyone from OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) and system integrators to plant and design engineers can reap the benefits

While solar farms inherently rely on remote monitoring to assess conditions like panel outputs, monitoring for potential high resistance joints often involves planned, manual inspections performed a few times a year during cooler months when temperatures are not as high, so problem hot spots are less likely to show up.  Adding temperature monitoring with an IIoT solution enables early detection of potential high resistance joints and proactive maintenance, preventing unplanned downtime, expensive repairs and lost production. 

This brief white paper provides an overview of the following:

  • The challenge of continuously monitoring for high resistance joints
  • What high resistance joints are and where are they found
  • A case study for remote temperature monitoring solutions in solar farms

Learn more about how IIoT thermal monitoring solutions can increase asset lifetime and prevent fires on solar farms in this white paper.

 

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