Why RFID in Solar PV Modules/Panels?

The government mandated that each solar panel or photovoltaic (PV) module must carry an RFID tag, so that it can be easily identified and tracked throughout its useful life. Large solar projects in India are subsidized by MNRE and is executed by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) under VGF (Viability Gap Funding) Securitization Agreement. Solar PV raw materials (cell, module) need to be tagged with RFID internally or externally.

  • Currently barcode technology is being used which can be cloned easily, where as RFID have secure Unique ID (UID) which can’t clone. So coequal solar PV module can’t use under multiple projects to get subsidiary from the Government
  • Automatic authentication of modules and its raw materials
  • Electronics Distribution Proof (EDP) and better inventory management
  • Unique electronic ID for each solar PV panel.

MNRE GUIDELINES

  • Each PV module used in any solar power project must use a RFID tag for identification.
  • The RFID tag used on each module can be inside or outside the laminate and withstand harsh environment conditions.
  • The RFID tag should last for 25 years.
  • Each RFID tag must be encoded with the name of the module manufacturer and the solar cells; the month, year and country of manufacture for the module and the cells; The module's technical characteristics, such as its wattage and expected performance statistics; and a serial number that uniquely identifies the module.
RFID Tags for Solar Panels

What are the benefits of Solar Identification and Tracking?

  • Real-time audit and traceability.
  • Decreasing lost and stolen supplies.
  • Elimination of error prone due to manual audit processes.
  • Time profound line of sight oversights are no longer required.
  • Adaptation the use of current Panel inventory.
  • To retrieve the required readings of the Panel immediately as per JNNSM guidelines.
  • To draw the I-V Curve immediately, using the readings stored in the tag
  • Improved manageability through a single unified panel registration system across multiple sites;
  • Decreased workload on panel administrators, allowing redeployment to other critical projects;
  • Reducing the time staff spends searching for inventory of panel

What is the information mentioned in the RFID TAG used on each solar panel?

  • Name of the manufacturer of PV module
  • Name of the manufacturer of solar cells
  • Unique Serial No and Model No of the module
  • Date and year of achieving IEC PV module ability certificate
  • Name of the test lab issuing IEC certificate
  • Each PV module used in any solar power project must use a RF identification tag. The ensuing information must be mentioned in the RFID used on each module (This can be inside or outside the laminate, but must be eligible to withstand harsh environmental conditions.)
  • Month and year of the production (separately for solar cells and module).
  • Country of origin (separately for solar cells and module)
  • I-V curve for the module
  • Wattage, Im, Vm and FF for the module
  • Other casual information on traceability of solar cells and module as per ISO 9000

SOFTWARE

  • S/W for personalization using desktop RFID reader
  • The front end is evolved in dot net (.NET) platform.
  • The back end is maintained in SQL Server.
  • All the data as MNRE guidelines is encoded into the RFID tags.
  • The data is archived in our backend application.
  • The reports are available for IV curve of each module and the module information reports for each rack

SOFTWARE FOR VERIFICATION USING HHT(Hilbert-Huang Transform)

  • The application is evolved winCE / windows Mobile platform.
  • The backend is maintained in SQL.
  • The data verification is done using HHT and when the personalized tag is read, all the information stored in RFID tag as per MNRE guidelines will be shown in the HHT.

RFID module (application)

  • Desktop & mobile platform
  • Online or offline data capture
  • Reader integration with Sun simulator
  • Tag writes with USB reader/ RFID printer
  • Mobile read, write & verification
  • Item-level identification & visibility
  • IV curve of individual panel on-demand
  • Asset lifecycle management (optional)
  • Custom reports & log (item/ project level)

Solar RFID Traceability

We are the credible suppliers of RFID solar tags, RFID readers and other RFID smart solutions. We have available with us a wide taxonomy of RFID solar tags that are used in several applications for solar RFID traceability including food packaging, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, computer hardware, computer software, etc.These RFID solar Tags for solar RFID traceability are designed by our expert professionals and thoroughly checked by our quality analysts to ensure the distribution of only the assured quality RFID solar tags to our clients.

Advantage to PV Manufacturer:

  • Item-level visibility across manufacturing and distribution operations can help to track location & quantity of the parts at each
  • stage and the arising bottlenecks can be detected & resolved immediately.
  • A modest ROI and positive business benefits in a typical manufacturing and distribution supply chain.
  • Reducing payouts for recalled or returned product.
  • Reducing lost product and sales from shipping errors.
  • Reconciling invalid order claims or chargeback’s.
  • Reconciling invalid order claims or chargeback’s.
  • Reducing lost sales from stock-outs.
  • Reducing inventory shrinkage.
  • It is easy to track the expiry date of the product which will reduce the losses.
  • Reducing inventory levels and associated holding costs.
  • Arrival and departure times of a part in a workstation can be recorded automatically.
  • Due to real time application problems rising in the production floor can be easily detected & resolved.
  • Advanced Shipment Notification (ASN) data improves receipt accuracy.

ADVANTAGES

  • Enhanced visibility & greater transparency
  • Ability to write to track the defective modules whenever required
  • Avoiding duplication at the time of production
  • Ability to write & r ead all manufacturing related data at source
  • Low maintenance cost
  • Simple GUI for handling
  • More susceptible to rough environmental conditions
  • We have the solution for RFID tagging internal and external for PV solar module for thin-film and crystalline technology.

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