The mission of the Planet NI program is to empower engineers in emerging countries to achieve sustainable prosperity by providing increased access to NI technology. The program focuses on nurturing local innovation through partnerships, as well as supporting entrepreneurs and organizations building solutions that contribute to the economic development of emerging nations.
NI offices around the world locally define and develop their Planet NI programs. The primary focus of the Planet NI program in India is to support local small and medium enterprises (SMEs), partner with innovation centers, and to support healthy and sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, by collaborating with developmental organizations.
FluxGen Engineering Technologies is a startup renewable energy (RE) company in Bangalore, India. In addition to developing custom RE products, FluxGen installs and integrates solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for grid-tied and off-grid electrification. The company believes that better technology leads to cheaper and more efficient RE generation, which benefits customers in both urban and rural areas.
FluxGen’s application involved developing a compact, accurate embedded performance analyzer and logger for a solar PV power system. The system needed to be intuitive to use, plug-and-play, and fully network-enabled. When installed in any renewable energy plant, the device allowed for precise quantification of the performance and efficiency of the operation. This in turn helped engineers installing or maintaining the system to optimize it for efficiency. Engineers also could troubleshoot the system remotely with the device’s remote monitoring feature. Through the Planet NI program, FluxGen had access to NI tools offering high reliability, performance, and accuracy as well as ease of use. This led to a short development time, and, ultimately, by installing it in rural areas in India, it heavily cut down costs and the delay of simple servicing.
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