The SunWave system, the culmination of more than 16 years of research and development, combines solar energy with smart-grid communications and electric grid enhancement functions to create a comprehensive utility grade solution. Utilities that deploy SunWave on their poles generate cost effective solar power and benefit from a smart grid communications system and grid reliability enhancement tools that are unique to the SunWave system.
Dr. Shihab Kuran, founder, president and CEO of Petra Solar notes, “As Petra Solar continues to expand locally and around the world, it is important to partner with leaders in the industry to further enable us to continue developing our products with the highest levels of quality and reliability. Flextronics’ global reach and well-deserved reputation for market leading clean tech manufacturing solutions that provide compelling value and scale reaffirm our decision that the Flextronics-Petra Solar collaboration will contribute to the rapid deployment of our products globally and in the United States, and that the collaboration will lead to the creation of many green jobs.”
The SunWave smart grid communications system provides three main functions: it monitors and reports on the operation and health of the SunWave units; the communications system provides a tool for remote command and control of the SunWave units; the communications system provides a cost effective backbone for other smart grid initiatives such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and load management or demand response programs.
The SunWave technology also provides utilities with grid reliability tools. The systems constantly monitor and provide real time status updates on critical operating parameters such as voltage and frequency thereby enabling automatic power outage detection and faster response time.