5G is the future — and the future is Solis
What does “5G” mean to you?
Faster? Smarter? More efficient?
It seems like only yesterday that 4G technology was starkly futuristic, with higher speeds of connection than the world had ever seen. Astoundingly, 5G already is on the horizon and is set to revolutionise the internet and global connectivity, providing higher bandwidth and lower latency than the 4G technology currently in place.
But where 5G come into the world of solar?
5G is the term often used to describe the next generation of networks. Its development was motivated by the notion of “smart” grids, cities and even agriculture. The current efforts around climate change mean the solar industry is thriving, and like all other markets, solar needs to keep up with the ever-changing focus on a smart, connected landscape.
Solar products — predominantly inverters — are looking to transition from 4G to 5G to achieve cleaner, higher-speed connections. This upgrade will better allow solar products to connect to larger power plants and electric cars, as well as micro–grids composed of multiple power sources.
Ultimately, 5G is the driver of the future of a smart grid. 5G allows for smart site management controls which, when coupled with more intelligent energy storage, improves the resilience of sites and cuts operating costs as well as reducing waste. In addition to the higher speeds, 5G enables more versatility for universal connectivity without the hassle of setting up Wi-fi.
What’s more, on overcast or shorter winter days, 5G enables intelligent tuning algorithms to come into play, helping solar equipment to receive power from sources such as energy storage equipment, diesel generators and fuel cells to automatically sell it back to the grid. These services interplay to manage loads and distribute resources during periods of scarce electricity — which is particularly useful for Southern Africa’s current struggles with load shedding.
Contemporary solar products are fitted with Wi-fi to enable monitoring and interconnection within or between PV systems. It is crucial to monitor solar inverters to detect any faults within the modules or drops in performance. In such a fast-paced world, few people have the time or inclination to visit the site of the solar project, so the ability to remotely monitor a site is vital.
5G heightens this connectivity to a cloud-based online server connected to a smartphone app. It has become incredibly convenient to seamlessly monitor module performance, as well as identify a plethora of data to assist the user in prompt and accurate identification of faults. Solis currently offers a Wi-fi Data Logging Stick which allows users to monitor any chosen inverter via a smartphone or laptop. In addition, it can remotely control and upgrade any selected inverter, so digital power plant maintenance is, quite literally, at your fingertips.
Solis has become one of the first inverter brands to launch products equipped with 5G technology. The stunning, brand-new 5G range boasts the notable features of its earlier 4G inverters with an addition of new high-tech features, setting it aside from other similar products in the market. The 5G range has, additionally, been calculated to meet the design requirements of power plants with higher power requirements.
Solis’ commercial range of three-phase string inverters offers a more flexible configuration scheme with an even smaller environmental impact and higher power generation efficiency.
5G also means the variety of accessories required as add-ons to the 4G range are no longer needed. This sleek integration sets Solis’ upcoming series aside from the rest. The products will be better equipped to suppress resonance to reduce grid interference and maximise performance of the PV system. At the same time, 5G smart applications enhance a system’s security, improves ease of maintenance and increases overall efficiency.
While the 5G range is not yet available through SegenSolar, the series is launching in January. Solis’ 4G range is currently leading the inverter market — explore the carefully crafted product packages or individual products now.