IoT Monitoring systems applied to photovoltaic generation: The relevance for increasing decentralized plants

João L. F. Victor, Sandro C. S. Jucá, Renata I. S. Pereira, Paulo C. M. Carvalho, Luis M. Fernández-Ramírez



The increasing of photovoltaic plant installations at different scales promotes the development of monitoring systems that facilitate the communication, control and automation of the generating units, allowing to guarantee the predicted energy generation performance. Monitoring systems are composed of different interfaces that involve sensing and capturing data; conversion, treatment, pre-storage and transmission of data; and publishing and final storage through graphic interface. This article focuses on describing the growth of decentralized plants, as well as the increasing demand for monitoring and data acquisition system, commenting the limitations of current commercial models and presenting alternative developed monitoring systems with different platforms.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ, Nº. 17)
Pages: 536-544 Date of Publication: 2019/07/15
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:2019/04/10
REF: 368-19 Issue Date: July 2019
DOI:10.24084/repqj17.368 Publisher: EA4EPQ


Authors and affiliations

João L. F. Victor1, Sandro C. S. Jucá1, Renata I. S. Pereira2, Paulo C. M. Carvalho2,
Luis M. Fernández-Ramírez3
1. Academic Master’s Program in Renewable Energy (PPGER). Federal Institute of Technology of Ceará (IFCE), Maracanaú Campus, Ceará (Brazil)
2. Department of Electrical Engineering. Federal University of Ceará (UFC). Pici Campus, Ceará (Brazil)
3. Research Group in Electrical Technologies for Sustainable and Renewable Energy (PAIDI-TEP-023)
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cadiz (UCA). Escuela Politécnica Superior de Algeciras, Cádiz (Spain)

Key words

PV plants, Decentralized generation, Monitoring systems, Data Acquisition


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