The software consists of two program modules:
The configuration module
The configuration module allows you to easily integrate the devices and facility components to be monitored (combiner boxes, inverters, meters, weather sensors etc.). These components can then be organised, grouped and renamed as needed. The users can easily specify e-mail or SMS-text messages that are to be sent out automatically as an alarm to any specific group. The configuration module also accesses the data needed for monitoring the photovoltaic facility online.
The visualisation module
The visualisation module is used to view and save the online data that has been sent to the PC. The data describing the current states of the photovoltaic facility can be saved in the mySQL database and displayed graphically to permit more detailed analysis. The data can also be exported as an Excel or PDF file and then be sent in an e-mail. It is also possible to administer the alarms and their acknowledgements; this permits the schedule of the corresponding service procedures to be accurately documented.
A data administration module and a visualisation module provide many online and offline options for accessing the operational data from the photovoltaic facility.
The values from the strings can be presented in the form of intuitive illustrations. Particular problems can be easily identified and solved using the extract and zoom display functions.
A clear tree based topology is used for the configuration. Values can be displayed and changed using drag and drop mouse clicks.
Many different devices, regardless of brand, can be integrated into the PV-Plant software. Using the RTU Modbus, the data from frequency inverters or weather sensors can be displayed and evaluated.
The causes of the alarm (e.g., value deviation) and the alarm types (e.g., SMS-text, e-mail) can be configured flexibly.