This paper investigates developing a prototype of smart solar panels. This architecture consists of a panel monitoring module (called Module 500) and the central management unit (called Module 400). The monitoring module is to be embedded inside each PV panel making it secure to transfer the trusted data via Wi-Fi to the central Management unit (which can accommodate an array of PV panels in an installation). This module is required for data storage and provides the ability to upload secure data to the cloud. This platform presents the ability to securely manage large numbers of rooftop solar panels in a distributed ledger by implementing blockchain algorithm. For achieving this purpose, Module 400 is envisaged to be turned into a Blockchain node as it provides the infrastructure to implement this technology.

Authors: Sara Chaychian, Emilio Mistretta, Colin Mallett, Marcus Lee, Georgios Pissanidis, Soodamani Ramalingam, Hock Gan, Dave Wisely

Published in: World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2017)

  • Date of Conference: 11-14 December 2017
  • DOI: 10.20533/WCST.2017.0014
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-78-0
  • Conference Location: University of Cambridge, UK