Increasing plant-wide optimization.
By: Adam Baker
About the webinar
One of the obstacles preventing a solar power plant running as a fine-tuned machine is that all equipment is developed independently, with the intent of running independently. Inverters don't care if trackers are working, and trackers pay no attention if the inverter they’re associated with isn’t running. Lack of communication equals lack of optimization.
There is unseen value in connecting standalone equipment into a controls system to help it all work better together. With the sheer amount of data collected by trackers in particular, there are many opportunities to optimize solar output.
With a small amount of integration there are a few basic improvements you can do to optimize trackers.
You'll learn how to
- Preserve actuator lifespan
- Avoid overvoltage
- Wash your panels for free
- Save money on vegetation management
- Pre-empt catastrophic wind events
- Monitor actuators for binding
- Reduce costly and unnecessary tracker data points
Adam Baker is Senior Sales Executive at Affinity Energy with responsibility for providing subject matter expertise in utility-scale solar plant controls, instrumentation, and data acquisition. With 23 years of experience in automation and control, Adam’s previous companies include Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), First Solar, DEPCOM Power, and GE Fanuc Automation.
Adam was instrumental in the development and deployment of three of the largest PV solar power plants in the United States, including 550 MW Topaz Solar in California, 290 MW Agua Caliente Solar in Arizona, and 550 MW Desert Sunlight in the Mojave Desert.
After a 6-year stint in controls design and architecture for the PV solar market, Adam joined Affinity Energy in 2016 and returned to sales leadership, where he has spent most of his career. Adam has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and has been active in environmental and good food movements for several years.