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Solmon Solar

Innovation Shines at Belgium Campus

As part of Belgium Campus’s dedication to innovation, the campus has entered into the field of solar research. Over the past months Deputy Head Lecturer, Francois Venter together with students has been working on a project called Solar Monitoring or Solmon for short.  

The system has been designed for use in remote areas, where access to the grid is difficult and it will be used to power schools and other facilities in rural areas.  The first area where the system will be rolled out is in Mozambique and from there; Solmon might just become the norm in rural power supply.

What makes the Solmon system so unique is the fact that it allows remote monitoring of the system, meaning that a technician does not have to be notified by residents before coming out to carry out repairs or stay on site.  In order to do this, the entire system is connected to the internet and system parameters are sent wirelessly to the monitoring station wherever in the world it may be.  The monitoring system also allows the technician to control aspects of the system wirelessly via an internet connection, allowing relays to be switched on and off and parts of the system to be shutdown in an emergency.

The software side of the system is ready for rollout and together with the standard and existing hardware requirements, Solmon is ready for installation as soon as the final project details are finalised. Solmon is a totally new and unique system in the realm of solar power supply, a true testament the vision and capabilities of Belgium Campus.

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