Digital twins offer an opportunity for firms in the solar energy industry to enhance their safety, productivity, and sustainability.

FREMONT, CA: The demand for renewable sources of energy has grown significantly in the past few years. Among the various renewable sources of energy, solar energy is expected to grow more than all the other clean energy sources by 2023. According to Renewable Energy World, the current context of climate change combined with the increased competition within the renewable energy market is forcing energy investors to develop new ways to increase productivity and efficiency. Innovations such as smart devices and sensors to analyze critical data will play a key role in the future advancements in solar technology. Further, it will be essential to possess the capability to analyze smart data. Here’s where digitalization will play a key role.

Digitalization has immense potential to help enhance the safety, efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of the solar energy industry across the globe. One of the advancements that is aiding cost-conscious solar developers in the above pursuit is ‘digital twins.’ Digital twin in the solar industry involves building a virtual planet asset replica depending on normal operating data that can be used to analyze how a plant should perform under usual working conditions. Thus, a digital twin-based analytics engine has obvious effects on the ROI, performance, and output of the solar power plants. 

Digital twin improves the predictability of various solar panels in the system. The use of real-time simulation makes it easier to assess the existing condition of each part of the grid. The above capability also enables the operators to do predictive maintenance in the grid. A proper digital twin technology is highly effective in closely analyzing the way solar PV cells perform during various conditions. The virtual plant also enables administrators to replicate various scenarios and determine how the upgraded panels would respond. Forecasting is another key aspect of the present-day digital twin technology, which assures the operators of optimum solar plant performance. 

The above reasons highlight why solar power firms are moving towards digitalization and digital twins. Increasingly, the above trends will transform the solar energy sector and result in the production of clean energy sources.

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