​Researchers develop power management technology for solar power plants

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : August 11, 2020, 14:57 | Updated : August 11, 2020, 14:57

[Courtesy of Haenam County]

SEOUL -- Using a total power management platform developed by South Korean researchers, solar power plant operators can efficiently produce and store electricity while simultaneously monitoring the operation status of multiple power plants in real time.

To reduce carbon emissions and establish a countrywide infrastructure for clean energy production, South Korea is actively promoting the adoption of solar power plants in idle spaces including remote hillsides, reclaimed lands and lakes.

The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) said in a statement that it has created a big data-based monitoring platform technology for solar power plants through a government-led project. The institute will transfer technology to a private company for commercialization in the first half of next year.

The platform can monitor the operation of power plants and detect malfunctions. ETRI said its platform can remotely reactivate solar power plants to solve problems. It is capable of efficiently managing energy storage systems (ESS) to store electricity and sell leftover power to the electricity market.

The platform also works as an electricity marketplace for power plant business operators. Solar power plant operators can jointly maximize profits by merging electricity stored in ESS. Currently, there are about 34,800 solar power plants being operated by private and state power companies in South Korea.
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