As Renewable Energy Grows in Influence, so does Temp-Pro’s Resolve to Remain a Key Player in its Future
The beginning of a new decade is also an opportunity to claim our stake in the growing innovation of renewable energy technologies. One such innovative method is floating solar panels, to which we made reference in our solar PV systems article. This state-of-the-art approach to making the most out of an existing opportunity is one Temp-Pro has on its sights due to its exceptional opportunity to generate energy from both a hydropower source and a solar source that floats on the surface of a water body—be it a lake, retention pond or even sea water.
PV technology on floating panels is not yet a ubiquitous sight in North America, but it is quickly being implemented in European countries like Spain—a nation that generates over 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources. It is also quickly gaining ground in Asian countries like Singapore, where the amount of land-based PV solar is restrictive. But floating PV solar cells are already being considered in the United States, where the opportunity can benefit many states with water bodies, both natural and man-made.
Take into account how there are almost 400,000 fresh hydropower reservoirs around the world which could be generating energy with ease by garnering the power of the floatable area. Such a hybrid combination of solar and hydro can ensure year-round power generation—regardless of whether it experiences dry or wet seasons. This is why the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has set its sights on these floating PV solar systems as a way to promote a sustainable approach that maximizes an individual resource.
Temp-Pro’s temperature measurement devices, such as thermocouples and RTDs can be integrated to monitor temperature across the entire PV solar system. The integration of industrial thermometers into their operation can help an asset owner ensure the optimal output—which can also extend the operational lifetime and reduce their maintenance frequency.
It should be noted many renewable energy sources—namely solar and hydropower—require little maintenance to operate, while wind and thermal involve technologies and machinery requiring periodic maintenance due to their complexity. However, the opportunity Temp-Pro has in serving their needs relates to the common denominator of temperature measurement. No matter how simple or complex these renewable energy systems are, temperature monitoring is a core need to ensure their proper operation.
Renewable energy is here to stay and Temp-Pro supports its innovation and continued growth to ensure it has a bright and efficient future. This is an emerging industry still and we are committed to working alongside OEMs and renewable plant operators with their new products, equipment and solutions.
Contact the temperature measurement experts at Temp-Pro at 800-991-9093 to learn more about how we can support your renewable energy equipment with exceptional value and performance.