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Published on : Aug 06, 2014

China-based Zhongli Talesun Solar Company Ltd. has launched a Smart Module that comprises a solar photovoltaic panel with a built-in chip. This integrated chip records and transmits information on the module’s operating conditions to a configured monitoring system, which allows the operator to immediately take the required action. This product is now available in major European countries.

The new module was developed by Zhongli Talesun in-house. The use of the intelligent microchip replaces conventionally-used diodes, and makes collection of real-time operating parameters much easier. The real-time data is then sent to the operator’s smartphone or desktop computer. Thus, spotting defects or a fall in output can be easily identified by the operator and rectified rapidly.

The launch of this Smart Module also makes for safer, better monitored PV plants. The Smart Module comes with a feature that automatically switches off the PV module in the event of electrical damage or a larger hazard such as fire. It is also possible to isolate individual modules either by hand or through the cloud. This means that maintenance or emergency service workers no longer face the hazards of electric shocks.

These new Smart Modules also boast better compatibility with inverters that are currently available on the market, says Talesun. This means that over 30% more modules can now be connected in a series – this would lead to lower balance-of-system expenses. The company claims that bringing about optimization to the PV module translates into 20% higher energy efficiency. The company’s Managing Director Gregor Albrecht said that intelligent PV modules are the next big trend in the solar energy market.