PV Monitoring: Optimizing Solar Installations - Interview with Johannes Burgard, Founder of Solytic

The Importance of PV Monitoring

PV Monitoring: Is Data the Key to optimal Performance?

PV monitoring is all about remote monitoring of technical systems. A visual interface, like a web portal, allows owners and operators of photovoltaic systems to continuously monitor their performance. "Monitoring tells us if the system is running well. There are various levels of monitoring," explains Solytic's founder.

Applications of PV Monitoring

Where is PV Monitoring used?

With the growing importance of renewable energy, the applications of PV monitoring have increased. It's used in large utility-scale parks, industrial applications, and even in single-family homes. "Homeowners often use simple mobile apps from manufacturers, while professionals use independent, detailed, and increasingly AI-driven software solutions," illustrates the expert.

Investment Aspects of PV Monitoring

When is it worth investing in PV Monitoring?

Many photovoltaic system owners wonder when it's worth investing in PV monitoring. "Monitoring is worthwhile from the first module. Small systems need less attention, but even basic monitoring can protect against unexpected damage and increase value. For larger systems, detailed monitoring is essential to maximize yield and enable quick problem-solving. For large-scale systems, analyzing optimization potential is crucial," emphasizes the Solytic founder.

Technical Foundations of PV Monitoring

What are the technical basics for effective monitoring?

Monitoring PV systems is straightforward. A reliable interface for data transfer is needed, which can be realized through a gateway, a data logger, or directly through the inverter for smaller systems, if supported by the manufacturer.

The Significance of Solar Energy in the Energy Transition

Importance of PV for the Energy Transition: How Essential is Solar Energy?

Solar energy plays a key role in the energy transition. "Over 99% of all PV systems are owned by homeowners who aren't professionally involved in the topic. That's why the PV industry is a special challenge in the broader context of the energy transition. The sun is a very reliable energy source that we can use daily for free. However, we need a balanced mix of all sustainable technologies. PV has a special significance for consumers and SMEs because it's accessible, unlike wind turbines or hydropower. With PV, we can all actively contribute to a successful energy transition," explains Johannes Burgard.

The Future of PV Monitoring

The Future of PV Monitoring: What Lies Ahead?

Regarding the future of PV monitoring, the Solytic founder is realistic: "Remote monitoring will continue. The biggest value comes when monitoring is integrated into a larger context, such as with control functions in a Home Energy Management System (HEMS) or with potential analyses in large power plants. Good monitoring reduces work for the operator and ensures efficient operation with maximum yield."

The interview with Johannes Burgard, founder of Solytic, highlights how crucial a comprehensive understanding and use of PV monitoring are for efficient operation of photovoltaic systems. In a world increasingly relying on renewable energy sources, Solytic offers innovative solutions to ensure maximum yield from solar installations and actively contribute to the energy transition.

About Johannes Burgard

• Thesis Student at Airbus (2010-2011)
• Project Engineer at CLAAS (2011-2017)
• Entrepreneur In Residence at FoundersLane (2017)
• Shareholder & Board Member at powerdoo GmbH (2019)
• Business Operations Advisor at More Than Carrots (2016-2022)
• Founder and CEO of Solytic (2017)

• The ESADE Full Time MBA Admissions Committee awards (2015)
• The Spirit of ESADE MBA Leadership Award (2017)


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