1,200 at a stroke: Mondas partner Enmova switches large solar power plant pool to mondas®-based data platform.

Virtually in one fell swoop, Freiburg-based Enmova GmbH has connected over 1,200 commercial photovoltaic systems to its novel PV operations management platform based on mondas® technology. Operational management companies can thus monitor the operational status of their entire PV plant inventory on one platform and analyze it in depth. The new addition brings the PV portfolio monitored by Enmova to over 2,000 commercial rooftop installations with a total capacity of 293 MW.

“With the rapid connection of the new plant pool, we are once again demonstrating the high quality of the Enmova operations management platform,” says Björn Müller, Managing Director of Freiburg-based Enmova GmbH, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. “Commercial plant operators in particular, who have to monitor large photovoltaic portfolios, have the highest demands on monitoring software,” emphasizes Björn Müller. IoT monitoring should be easy to use, tie up few human resources, but at the same time allow deeper data analysis. Until now, this was not possible with conventional PV remote monitoring solutions.

More overview in monitoring

Enmova’s novel PV operations management platform allows plant operators to view the condition of all plants using a so-called health index as a measure of the “health” of the plants. The Health Index is calculated in real time in the background using extensive data analysis. Operators can immediately see which assets require special attention. Further Enmova apps can then be used to prioritize plant faults and maintenance trips according to economic criteria.

Connection-friendly and fast

The IoT monitoring platform now in use was developed by Mondas and adapted and extended by Enmova to meet the needs of commercial PV plant operators.
A major advantage of the mondas® technology is the high data connectivity of the platform and the high performance in analysis. If new plants are added, they can be connected easily and quickly, and data analysis starts immediately. Especially when solar power plant capacities are growing dynamically, as is currently the case, this is an enormous advantage.

In the future: Optimization of local energy systems

“Another unique selling point of the mondas® technology used is its technological openness,” emphasizes Mondas Managing Director Volkmar Boerner. PV operations management companies can then – in addition to their solar power plants – also analyze associated electricity storage systems, heat pumps or e-charging stations, for example, on a common platform and optimize their interaction.

Our partner Enmova GmbH

Enmova GmbH was founded in the fall of 2021 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. The team of photovoltaic and IT experts has many years of experience in the field of simulation, monitoring and operation of photovoltaic systems. Before the spin-off of Enmova, Managing Director Björn Müller worked at Fraunhofer ISE as a mechanical engineer with a doctorate and a degree in business administration, where he headed the “Photovoltaic Power Plants” working group.

More information:

Download joint press release Enmova GmbH and Mondas GmbH from 25.10.2022
Website www.enmova.com

Grünheide energy quarter: Mondas develops data monitoring and IoT operations management

A new Mondas IoT reference project is currently being built in Bielefeld: In the “Grünheide” development area, 398 residential units are currently being built to KfW40+ and KfW50 energy standards. They are all supplied via a low-temperature local heating network with heat from four electric heat pumps connected in cascade. On the roofs of apartment buildings deliver in the final stage of construction 29 PV systems with a total of 680 kWp of electricity for tenants and to power the heat pumps. To complete this, the remaining demand is covered by certified green electricity.

We are particularly pleased about this project. Because here investors, operators, planners and project developers are realizing a visionary lighthouse project for a post-fossil heat supply. Until now this has often been considered uneconomical. Especially against the backdrop of the current energy and gas crisis, such concepts are proving to be particularly promising. The bottom line is that the Grünheide Energy Quarter will be heated almost exclusively with renewable energies in the future. Foresightedly, a gas connection was dispensed with.

On behalf of Grünheide Energie GmbH and in cooperation with our long-term partner Enerquinn GmbH, Mondas is now designing a data monitoring system tailored to the energy quarter, with which the generation data of the heat pumps and photovoltaic systems, the battery and heat storage systems, and the consumption values in the house connection stations are recorded and analyzed. With the IoT connection the business management of the plants becomes particularly easy.

The first construction phase of the residential quarter has already been completed and handed over. Moreover, work has also begun on laying the heating network. Likewise, the energy center is under construction at the time of going to press.

You can read a detailed project description here under reference projects.

New in the team: Christoph Hönig is Key Account Manager

Another new face at Mondas: We are happy to welcome Christoph Hönig as a new colleague. As Key Account Manager, he will support our customers in the joint development and processing of IoT projects in the future. Christoph brings plenty of experience to his new job. After studying process engineering at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, he worked at Fraunhofer ISE for seven years. Already there he analyzed measurement series of various plants for industrial customers. What fascinates him about Mondas? Above all, the diversity of the plants and thus of the customers, says the 36-year-old engineer. And, that at Mondas, cross-sectional expertise in both IT and systems engineering is required. “You have to understand the plants if you want to analyze and interpret measurement series sensibly,” is his credo.

For all the technical appeal – as a key account manager, Christoph’s main goals are openness, honesty and transparency in customer contact. “Trust is a hard currency and you don’t get it for free,” he knows from experience. At a time when digitization, IoT and Industry 4.0 are being used almost inflationarily, you have to prove every day anew that you have mastered these topics in a specific project. Only in this way could projects be implemented quickly and efficiently.

Another reason why we are very happy about our new acquisition.
Welcome to the Mondas team, Christoph!