Trimark Associates, Inc., a leading provider of metering, SCADA, and energy storage technology solutions for the electric power industry, completed software updates for its T1-S SCADA system. With these enhancements, clients can improve their performance management analysis to optimize power generation and profits. The latest T1-S Vantage User Interface enhancements include the following.
- Simplified trending and analysis: Users can easily switch between historical and real-time trending values on one dashboard to improve the efficiency of analysis.
- Portfolio-wide key performance indicators: T1-S Vantage calculates and displays a Performance Index (PI) to indicate if a site’s performance is aligned with the site conditions and an Availability Index (AI) to show whether all the power-producing devices are available.
- Production forecasting integration: T1-S Vantage integrates production forecasting data from a client’s Clean Power Research (CPR) SolarAnywhere subscription, in addition to Trimark’s proprietary production forecasting model.
- Control room / operations center dashboard displays: The entire dashboard displays critical performance data for improved visualization and decision-making, with the ability to customize displays.
- Integrated external file repositories: Clients can access their external files from T1-S Vantage, while maintaining security and access restrictions, eliminating the need to duplicate documents.
- Third-party gateway integration: T1-S SCADA can view, trend, report, and analyze data in T1-S Vantage from third-party gateways and data loggers.
— Solar Builder magazine
The ceremonial passing of the binder.
The ink was barely dry on the news of AlsoEnergy’s acquisition of Draker when word came out that AlsoEnergy is now merging with Locus Energy, a solar monitoring and data analytics provider delivering solutions across the residential, commercial, and utility sectors. The transaction enhances AlsoEnergy’s ability to deliver end-to-end solutions across all geographies and market segments and affirms AlsoEnergy as a global leader in renewable energy asset monitoring and control.
“Locus Energy is a strong complement to our solutions portfolio,” said Bob Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of AlsoEnergy. “Throughout 2018, we have made strategic investments to consolidate best-of-breed technologies that can be integrated through our unified back-end platform to create an end-to-end industry leading portfolio. The consolidation of these historically disparate systems creates strong value for our customers, including comprehensive portfolio aggregation across all modes of energy generation as well as unified reporting and metrics across all platforms.”
Under the terms of the agreement, AlsoEnergy will continue to lead the business, with Locus Energy’s prior owner, Genscape, retaining a minority equity stake in the combined entity.
”We are excited to join the AlsoEnergy family,” said Michael Herzig, Chief Executive Officer of Locus Energy. “Together, the combined business will be able to better meet our customers’ evolving needs and enable greater support throughout the entire project lifecycle, with support and engineering resources deployed around the world.”
“The addition of Locus strengthens our leadership position as the most innovative and complete solution provider in the market,” continued Schaefer. “The combined portfolio will give our customers the ability to further streamline operations and achieve the highest levels of performance, efficiency and profitability, using a single technology platform while retaining the best attributes and stakeholder views from each system.”
In addition, the integration of Locus Energy’s customer service and engineering support center will strengthen AlsoEnergy’s global service organization and will enable the delivery of world-class around-the-clock support, seven days a week.
— Solar Builder magazine
Dirty solar panels lose efficiency, produce significantly less energy and therefore cause the owner to lose money, especially in areas where dust, pollution and other atmospheric conditions exacerbate the problem. Studies have demonstrated that dust accumulation, bird droppings, and other pollutants can reduce the output of solar panels by up to 35%. Current methods of cleaning and maintenance are often inefficient and labor-intensive. Some may lead to voiding the solar panel manufacturer’s warranty.
At Solar Power International this year, RST Cleantech says it is introducing a new method of cleaning solar arrays in the U.S. that will be low-cost, fully automated, low-maintenance, highly efficient and fully compliant with solar module warranties. Developed in Israel in 2013 with over 1,000 installations servicing over 200,000 solar panels across 5 continents RST is revolutionizing automatic Solar O&M solutions.
Unfiltered water sprayed on panels can create calcium spotting and reduce output or destroy a solar panel through “hot spotting”. RST proprietary purifying system treats any local water source (hard, soft, grey) down to safe and negligible levels of lime scale, for an advanced purified water that is distributed through an automated system.
Cleaning takes place in sync with the external conditions. RST hardware is connected through a series of patented clips eliminating any need for drilling or glue. RST does not use chemicals or abrasive brushes and there is no need for filter changes or soap refills which means virtually no upkeep. RST’s technology is designed to comply with all solar panel manufacturer standards and requirements.
RST’s system is fully automated and integrates easily with common O&M and A&M platforms.
— Solar Builder magazine
AlsoEnergy is making big moves. First came word of its Draker acquisition, and now it is merging with skytron energy, one of Europe’s leading solar software and hardware companies. These combined forces make up a global leader for renewable energy monitoring, controls, and asset management solutions. Together, the companies will combine their business operations to offer a global footprint with leading software, hardware, and control solutions for solar, wind, and storage assets (now totaling more than 18 GW worldwide).
“The merger of AlsoEnergy and skytron enables us to provide our customers and marketplace with the industry’s most complete platform for the management of renewable energy assets,” said Bob Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of AlsoEnergy. “With skytron’s proven utility-scale technologies and AlsoEnergy’s strong commercial, industrial and utility presence, we can now offer our customers complete coverage for all types of assets.”
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“We believe this transaction will provide what our customers have been asking for,” said Francisco Baraona, Managing Director of skytron energy. “Our combined solutions create a global software platform across all asset classes that is supported by proven hardware and control technologies and delivered with consistent sales, support and service across all geographies.”
In addition, AlsoEnergy has acquired the assets of Draker Corporation, a pioneer in the solar monitoring industry in the United States. “This strategic investment strengthens our global portfolio of best-in-class PV and storage performance management services for the C&I and Utility Scale segments,” continued Schaefer. “Together, AlsoEnergy, skytron and Draker look forward to continuing to deliver industry-leading products, sales, support, and services to our customers.”
— Solar Builder magazine
We couldn’t locate a news announcement about this, but according to an email sent to Draker customers, Draker is now a part of AlsoEnergy.
“AlsoEnergy has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of Draker Energy, including intellectual property, customer lists, and source code. AlsoEnergy is now the only supplier of Draker products, services, and support.”
The email to Draker customers noted the following as part of the Draker Continuity Program:
• Continued login access for Draker customers at https://draker.us
• Uninterrupted data collection and agency reporting related to Draker monitored assets
• AlsoEnergy will honor all previously paid monitoring license terms and agency reporting agreements
• Free migration to AlsoEnergy’s PowerTrack platform for all Draker sites, including historical data and configurations along with training and support
• Full integration of the Draker support team with the AlsoEnergy support team
o Please note the new phone number: 866.303.5668 x2
AlsoEnergy is migrating all Draker sites, data, and configurations to the PowerTrack Platform. In addition, Draker customers will have access to the full suite of PowerTrack features and capabilities such as advanced PV modeling and analytics, dashboards, and a wide range of standard queries and reports.
As part of the Draker Continuity Program:
• AlsoEnergy will honor existing orders accepted by Draker as of 7/3/2018 for Draker monitoring and hardware.
• All legacy Draker sites will continue to operate on the Draker platform until AlsoEnergy completes site migration to the AlsoEnergy PowerTrack Platform.
• AlsoEnergy will work with Draker customers to upgrade cellular modems to the latest 4G networks to enhance security and performance as needed.
• AlsoEnergy will work with Campbell Scientific to honor all Campbell Scientific data logger warranties.
• Certain Draker features, such as customer dashboards, DBS4, and the SPT String Optimizer, are subject to additional review. We encourage you to contact AlsoEnergy to discuss in further detail.
• Replacement hardware will be available for purchase through AlsoEnergy.
— Solar Builder magazine