Servotech Power Systems has developed a first-of-its-kind solar performance monitoring and controlling device in association with the German Development Agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ). This device, dubbed ComPort, has been successfully tested along with the portable solar system PV Port at the EUREF Campus in Berlin, Germany.

ComPort can be integrated into any domestic off-grid/hybrid solar system to turn it into a smart solar system. Specifically built to make users more aware of how well their solar systems are working, this mobile app-controlled device can make available several system insights to their fingertips. The impetus for this innovation comes from various researches that point in the direction of most solar systems turning out to be underperforming.

The Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled ComPort’s intelligent app helps identify defects, issue notifications, diagnose issues, and suggest operation and maintenance (O&M) tasks. Any anomalies or underperformance are recognized proactively with constant monitoring. Thus, ComPort considerably helps lower the chances of a system malfunctioning.

The device can monitor, control, and report input/output voltage, battery charge/discharge, and solar power generation. The app also keeps track of previous results to enable comparison.

The device is developed on the do-it-yourself (DIY) concept and can be easily installed into any domestic solar system. It also offers data interfaces for third-party O&M companies to combine and analyze data.

Servotech developed the PV Port and the Comport under a bilateral Indo-German program implemented by the GIZ. It will contribute to the broader implementation of solar in India and Germany, especially for the urban PV.

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