Asset Condition and Safety Monitoring

Incorporating automatic early warning of asset deterioration through continuous monitoring

Together with Captech, another Ampcontrol Group company, we can provide automatic early warning of deterioration of your entire electrical asset through continuous monitoring. Often more emphasis is put on PV output and not the condition of, or safety elements of the electrical system.

A solar farm is not just inverters, it is kilometres of cables, thousands of PV modules, hundreds of junction boxes, dozens of inverters and other associated switchgear. And a solar farm is not like any other electrical installation. It is subjected to moisture, temperature, over-voltage, dust, lightning and rodent or mechanical damage. All of these factors can have a negative effect on electrical insulation and system availability.

When a solar farm is new, properly designed and built, the main concern is exporting power. But as the installation ages, PV-module failures, breakdown of inverters or deterioration of electrical insulation seems inevitable. If left unaddressed, it will lead to unexpected interruption resulting in unplanned downtime and/or costly repair. This results in a loss of exportable capacity and revenue and unhappy investors.

The BENDER product offers a complete solution. The ‘PowerScout’ software and devices such as a Power Quality Meter, Earth Fault, Insulation and Load Current Monitors provide predictive maintenance and ensures:

  • Higher availability
  • Early detection of gradually developing insulation faults
  • Continuous monitoring
  • Early detection of fault currents
  • Less costs incurred due to unexpected malfunctions and shutdowns
  • Voltage
  • Current
  • Frequency
  • Power
  • Exported energy
  • Current unbalance
  • Voltage unbalance
  • Current harmonic distortion
  • Voltage harmonic distortion
operations and maintenance

For further information on our asset condition and safety monitoring capabilities, contact us.