Nowadays solar energy finds usage in three different directions which are photovoltaics, solar heating & cooling, and concentrating solar power. The solar energy sector has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The percentage of solar installations is increasing day by day. Depending on the deployment location and competing energy prices, photovoltaic solar panels are among the most cost-effective power solutions. But despite the massive increase in solar energy, along with it are growing challenges that in most cases happen unexpectedly. The biggest challenge that solar energy is facing, is its unavailability throughout the year. Moreover, the photovoltaic pumping systems are exposed to problems of maintenance and control. There are still many obstacles that can be prevented by adopting new and innovative technologies. One of these technologies is Augmented Reality, which seems to integrate rapidly as part of solar systems maintenance.
Augmented Reality is finding numerous applications in the complex tasks of installing and maintaining photovoltaic solar systems.
Also, since this sector needs a specialized workforce, its lack of causes delays in installations. Also, cause delays in performing tasks within the right time. Augmented Reality allows remote experts to provide real-time guidance. Additionally, allow them to add a virtual object on top of the real-world image. This virtual image shows on the device of technicians currently in the solar farm.
The technician may interact with the virtual world. Also, have additional information that is not directly accessible in the work environment due to the distance where photovoltaic solar systems may be located. Technicians obtain information and various instructions for maintenance tasks or data in the form of texts, images, or 3D objects.
Solar farms are located far from inhabited centers these are areas that are difficult to reach in case of encountering unexpected problems.
Sending experts to these areas leads to process delays but also affects monetary costs. The maintenance of solar systems is another challenge that directly affects the efficiency of production. Exposure to human error and lack of properly trained staff affect the costs. Now, through Augmented Reality, the collaboration between specialized experts and solar farm technicians consists of immediately providing the information needed to solve problems safely and efficiently. This information that is provided directly in the work environment is very valuable. The integration of remote support in smart glasses gives solar farm technicians the ability to work hands-free.
The peculiarity of Augmented reality is that in addition to the remote support it offers in real-time, it finds usage for training purposes of the field workforce. This type of training brings additional information to the workforce making it more qualified to face unexpected tasks and problems in the future. Using Augmented Reality, technician training becomes quite essential saving companies thousands of money on expensive training.
In conclusion, Augmented Reality as one of the most promising technologies improves maintenance efficiency, reduces desired costs, and human errors. Augmented Reality is taking a big turn and bringing new values to the solar energy sector making workflows safer and more efficient and workers more productive.