GreenPowerMonitor and Raptor Maps Unlock New Analytical Category for Solar 

GreenPowerMonitor and Raptor Maps Unlock New Analytical Category for Solar 

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EV Solar featured as launch partner to integrate SCADA data with aerial inspection analytics 

Boston, MA, November 23, 2022 — Raptor Maps, the leading provider of solar lifecycle management software, has partnered with leading renewable monitoring provider GreenPowerMonitor to enable a new domain of data and insights for managing solar assets. The integration of the Raptor Maps and GreenPowerMonitor software platforms will be launched on a portfolio overseen by EV Solar, a leading full-service engineering, EPC, and O&M firm. 

With this first-of-its kind offering, Raptor Maps and GreenPowerMonitor are able to localize inverter, combiner, and pyranometer data to the correct geospatial position on a solar farm, making it accessible via a digital twin. Asset owners and operators will have immediate assessments into how the physical conditions of modules impact power production, all ready for analysis alongside maintenance and inspection data.

“We’re pleased to be bringing together two critical data sources that we use to run our assets and we look forward to doing more with GreenPowerMonitor and Raptor Maps,” says Manuel Folgado, the CEO of EV Solar.

The announcement comes amidst a global push to scale the solar industry, with the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act earmarking $370 billion for renewable energy in the United States and REPowerEU setting concrete measures for transitioning Europe away from fossil fuel sources. O&M teams are increasingly seeking tech-forward solutions for maximizing performance.

“We are proud of our customer-centric approach,” explains Juan Carlos Arévalo, CEO and cofounder of GreenPowerMonitor, a DNV company. “EV Solar is a forward-looking organization that is scaling quickly, and we are partnering with Raptor Maps to enable this solution for them and the other 60GW of solar and wind customers in our portfolio.”

“The integration of sensor data in the GreenPowerMonitor platform with inspection analytics in the Raptor Maps platform creates tighter correlation between maintenance and performance,” notes Raptor Maps CEO and cofounder Nikhil Vadhavkar, adding that aerial inspection data for 40 EV Solar sites are stored within the Raptor Solar platform. “By incorporating and learning from this data, EV Solar is showing us what the future of solar asset management will look like.”

About Raptor Maps

Raptor Maps is a US-based solar software company founded by MIT engineers. Its flagship product, Raptor Solar, enables data-driven asset management and an increased rate of return across utility-scale and C&I portfolios. Raptor Maps enables its customers to scale with its industry-leading digital twin that enables high-value workflows from the fusion of equipment records, inspection analytics, in-field sensor information, and customer input. Raptor Maps has provided analytics for over 75 GW of solar PV across 40 countries. The company recently announced its Series B funding, led by MacKinnon Bennett & Co., Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, Blue Bear Capital, DNV, Buoyant Ventures, Congruent Ventures, Data Point Capital and ENGIE New Ventures. Learn more at raptormaps.com.

About EV Solar

EV Solar performs full EPC services, undertaking PV projects with its skilled and dedicated teams. The knowledge acquired by its managers in EPC services and solutions during 20+ years of aggregate experience guarantees high quality and cost-effective services to achieve customer needs. EV Solar is also expert in Operations & Maintenance, providing its customers thorough professional services that meet the needs of their solar power plant. EV Solar’s engineers have provided consulting and engineering services for 200+ large solar projects, totaling a combined capacity of 500+ MWs throughout Europe, Caribbean, United States and its territories. Learn more at evsolarusa.com.

About GreenPowerMonitor

GreenPowerMonitor (GPM), a DNV company offers a market-leading integrated solution of software, hardware, and services for the management and maintenance of renewable energy installations. Driven by its purpose, GPM provides digital tools to maximize the performance of renewable energy assets, optimize efficiency in the management of renewable energy portfolios, and contribute to having the greenest energy mix in the grid. GPM has a long tradition and experience in successfully managing renewable assets and providing customized solutions for our clients’ needs. Its monitoring, managing, and analytic solutions have helped more than 700 clients in 90 different countries. Learn more at www.greenpowermonitor.com

 

Measuring the Warm-Up Time for Large-Scale Solar Equipment

Measuring the Warm-Up Time for Large-Scale Solar Equipment

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An investigation into how long pilots should wait for PV inverters to come online before beginning an IR inspection

 
Having all solar modules online is a precondition for solar farm inspections, but large solar PV equipment, including inverters, are often offline for preventative maintenance, curtailment, or scheduled outages. Recognizing these operational limitations, Raptor Maps conducted an investigation into exactly how long it takes for inverters to warm up, reducing the need for guesswork and helping to ensure that pilots don’t run inspections that result in incomplete data collection. 
 
 In partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), Raptor Maps conducted a set of experiments at the 1.1MW Louisiana Solar Energy Lab (LaSEL), including efforts to accurately define how long it takes for an array to “warm up” after re-energization. For the purposes of these experiments, arrays were considered warmed up when thermal anomalies were clearly visible and diagnosable via aerial infrared (IR) imagery. 
 
Raptor Maps established both a baseline average module temperature in Standard Test Conditions (STC) and calculated the temperature delta for a module with confirmed cell damage. A drone was deployed and periodically captured IR imagery while three inverters were simultaneously de-energized and re-energized. Imagery was captured every minute until it was observed that both average module temperatures and temperature deltas of cell defects matched that of baseline measurements. Approximately 25 minutes after re-energization in STC, thermal anomalies became visible, diagnosable, and measurable for accurate temperature deltas. 

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25 minutes after inverter re-energization

Based on the findings, Raptor Maps strongly recommends that pilots wait no less than 25 minutes following inverter re-energization in acceptable environmental conditions before beginning an inspection. Incorporating this waiting period is critical for successful flight operations, as it will eliminate excess re-flights, allow for accurate thermal anomaly detection, and maximize pilot efficiency while on-site.

This article was written by Charlie Davies, the Technical Specialist at Raptor Maps, in partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette).