Industrial Solar Integration
Using off grid solar and batteries to power remote industrial applications has become essential in recent years as companies look for more innovative methods of delivering power to their equipment and delivering power for remote locations. If your company is considering solar solutions, there are a few key points to note before making the move.
What Is an Industrial Solar System?
Off-grid solar systems are self-sustaining units which harvest power from the sun to store within lithium batteries and deliver power where grid connectivity is not an option or available. The generation, storage, and continuous supply of electricity is how off grid solar provides an alternative to grid power and generator power. This means using lithium batteries to store power autonomously for consecutive days is how off grid systems provide continuous power to your equipment throughout the year.
What Are the Different Uses of Industrial Solar Power?
Industrial solar can be used to either charge or provide power for various types of applications, including utility applications, water management, oil and gas, security cameras, railroad, telecom, and even light electric vehicles such as golf carts.
What Equipment Does an Industrial Solar System Require?
To build a reliable system capable of handling the needs of an industrial site, there are several components required, including solar panels, charge controllers, inverters, chargers, lithium batteries, mounting and rack systems, wiring, and combiner boxes. batteries enclosures, such as those available from Dragonfly Energy, allow power to be either stored or used for mobile purposes.
Basing Solar Setup Size on Load Evaluation
Conducting a load evaluation is the most effective way to ensure that your power needs will be met. To do this, there are four calculations to be made:
- Calculate your total usage needs based on individual devices you’ll need to run, including duty cycle.
- Calculate instantaneous load requirements — how many pieces of equipment will you need to run at the same time?
- Determine how much battery storage capacity you’ll require based on hours of hours of run time and load.
- The nominal voltage(s) of the solar or UPS system and the load.
The Advantages of Solar for Industrial Processes
Independence From Diesel Generation Costs
Diesel generators use a lot of fuel over time which can make them great for small jobs, but inefficient for longer stretches or semi-permanent operations. In addition, solar systems are their own standalone energy source and don’t require any continued fuel filling and minimal maintenance.
Gain Energy Independence
Depending on the type of work being performed as well as the location, off-grid solar enables industrial operations to continue without the burden of rising grid electricity costs and adding off grid to existing site can reduce construction and trenching costs. Plus, if a power outage occurs, your operation won’t be affected by it the same way that grid-connected sites are.
Decrease in Grid Connection Charges
If you have industrial sites that change locations frequently, constant grid connection charges can add up quickly. Switching to a solar system enables you to take your power with you and set up easily in subsequent remote areas, especially when utilizing our skid mounted options.
Reliable and Scalable
Especially in remote locations, dealing with unstable power can wreak havoc on project timelines and add unnecessary costs. When you use solar, it not only provides you with reliable power daily, but it’s also easily scalable and can grow with your operation to continue to meet your needs. All it takes is adding additional components such as batteries to gain more power storage.
Power Consumption Solution
If you have a site that requires a power source, implementing an off grid solar system can offer you continuous power without grid or generator access. After initial setup is complete, your solar system will continue to provide the power you need at no additional cost. It’s also a far more environmentally sustainable solution and reduces the consumption of power generated by fossil fuel sources.
Whether you need solar for a job site or you’re looking at pole mounted and ground mounted solutions for lights and obstruction lighting, SCADA & PLC, smart meters, radios and security cameras, PoE, WiFi, or intelligent transportation system (ITS), Dragonfly Energy has your back with durable, long-lasting lithium batteries that will keep your equipment running when you need it most.