TSS was able to intervene immediately after a short circuit alarm

TSS was able to intervene immediately after a short circuit alarm

Shortened emergency response times and optimised use of hybrid solar systems with Cloud Notify

TSS has extensive, global experience designing and delivering reliable and high performance autonomous solar power solutions. These systems are usually situated in remote locations with limited access, which makes it difficult to monitor and resolve any problems.

Sébastien Robert, project and innovation engineer at TSS, tells us more about how they have optimised their systems with the help of Cloud Notify and Cloud Logging.

"When a short circuit occurred, we immediately received an alarm"

GASCO project TSS


SS initially started looking for a remote access solution. TSS wanted to gain more insight into their systems, which are often situated at remote and hard to reach locations. “We want to learn how exactly our systems behave, to find out if and how we can improve them in the future,” Sébastien explains. The gathering of machine data plays an enormous role in TSS’s drive to continuously improve and optimise their products.
TSS came across IXON during the Industrial Ethernet Event. The focus quickly shifted from remote access to data logging. Sébastien explains: “With Cloud Logging we can gather data. We don’t share all data with the customer as some information is only important for us.” TSS gathers machine data which allows them to monitor and analyse their systems. However, it did not help TSS quickly respond to failures and ad-hoc problems.


In December 2018, TSS received IXON’s Christmas promotion which offered one free Cloud Notify license to test the new IXON Cloud feature. “We didn’t use Cloud Notify prior to this, but saw it as a great opportunity to get started,” says Sébastien. “We’re very happy with our decision so far.”

With the help of IXON’s support page, it was easy to set up alarms. TSS now receives notifications about various important events of their solar power systems.


An example of such a notification? During the day, the energy from the sunlight is stored in batteries that supply the systems with energy at night. TSS has built in all kinds of safeguards which are monitored by alarms. “These are alarms regarding, among others, the voltage of the battery,” Sébastien explains. “A battery consumes 20% of its energy per day and should be able to provide energy for five nights if the battery doesn’t get recharged during the day. As soon as too much energy is consumed, we receive a notification.” 

"As soon as too much energy is consumed, we receive a notification"

Sébastien Robert, Project Engineer TSS

After receiving such notifications, TSS examines the problem with the gathered machine data using Cloud Logging and solves any issues. With the help of Cloud Notify, TSS also monitors the systems’ efficiency. The maintenance of solar panels is crucial in order to guarantee efficiency. “Over time, these panels get dirty, which negatively affects its efficiency,” says Sébastien. “We have now set an alarm which notifies us that the solar panels have to be cleaned when they have reached low efficiency.” If a customer doesn’t respond it will eventually lead to lower battery capacity.


Customers are now given targeted advice to make optimum use of their solar power systems.

The customer eventually wants a reliable system. As a result, operational costs can be reduced considerably. “Therefore, it is crucial that alarms are prevented,” Sébastien observes. Cloud Notify has already yielded its first results.

In Oman, TSS has a hybrid solar power system which is supported by diesel generators. A short circuit occurred due to a faulty connection after some maintenance activities were performed. “We immediately received an alarm,” Sébastien says. Later they received another valuable notification from the same system. “The generator kept malfunctioning and wouldn’t turn on anymore. TSS immediately received a notification about this via Cloud Notify. From the logged data we could trace what went wrong and were able to replace the defect part in time,” Sébastien describes. In cooperation with the supplier, and with the help of Cloud Logging data, TSS managed to localise the problem and resolve it.

TSS has drawn up a clear multi-year plan in which IXON plays a major role. “We want to be more competitive in our market and offer cheaper systems that function optimally,” says Sébastien. “However, to be able to determine how we can develop them better we’ll need data that’s in our operating systems. We believe that’s the future, but the customer first has to be convinced that it’s the right direction too.”

Benefits the IXON Cloud offers TSS:

  • The experience of TSS’s management team and field technicians
  • How passive cooled solar can reduce both capex and opex
  • Options for tailoring a solar solution to your needs
  • How the in-house TSS charge controller keeps their system reliable
  • How the TCO of solar systems changes as power demand increases
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TSS4U solar solutions growth plans within reach with Aletra Capital Partners on board

TSS4U solar solutions growth plans are within reach with Aletra Capital Partners on board

Eindhoven, April 2019

Today TSS4U (TSS) announced that Aletra Capital Partners (Aletra) became its new majority shareholder. TSS designs and supplies solar and solar-hybrid off-grid solutions for mission-critical applications including oil and gas platforms, telecom cell towers, water treatment plants and industrial microgrids. Aletra provides the additional capital and financial security to the company that allows TSS to accelerate their growth plans in geographical markets and market segments. Aletra is based in Laren, The Netherlands and has a subsidiary in Singapore to cover the Asian market. TSS is based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and has subsidiaries in Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur to cover the Middle East, African and Asian markets.

TSS Managing Director Dop Brzesowsky on the new majority shareholder Aletra Capital Partners:

“With the growth plans we have today, Aletra is a perfect match, firstly to meet our financial needs and secondly to apply their knowledge of the telecom sector and of the Asia region. Hence we are now better positioned to realize our global ambitions.”

Aletra Capital Partners Managing Director Geert Postma on TSS:

“TSS is the premier international solar and solar-hybrid off-grid solutions provider. We are very happy to team up with TSS to enhance growth. The management of TSS will work hard to grow the company in oil and gas applications in current geographical markets, but also in new countries and in other segments. We will enthusiastically support that effort.

About TSS4U

TSS4U (TSS) is a Solar Solutions System Integrator active in the Oil & Gas market and the Telecom market. It was founded in 2003 as a spin off from Shell Solar. TSS is headquartered in The Netherlands with local offices in the U.A.E. and Malaysia. TSS also works with a global network of experienced local partners. At current TSS has commissioned over 1,100 solar systems across Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa ranging from remote safe area solar systems in the dessert to explosion proof off-shore solar systems.

About Aletra Capital Partners

Aletra Capital Partners B.V. (Aletra) is an investment company based in Laren and Singapore which invests the money of its partners. It currently has 13 companies in its portfolio. Aletra is a hands-on investor who supports the management of its portfolio companies in realizing their full potential.

Groeiplannen TSS4U Solar Solutions binnen handbereik met Aletra Capital Partners aan boord

Groeiplannen TSS4U Solar Solutions binnen handbereik met Aletra Capital Partners aan boord

Eindhoven, april 2019

TSS4U (TSS) heeft vandaag aangekondigd dat Aletra Capital Partners (Aletra) de nieuwe meerderheidsaandeelhouder is geworden. TSS ontwerpt en levert zonne-energie systemen en hybrid off-grid oplossingen voor olie- en gas-platformen, telecom- en waterzuiveringsinstallaties en industriële microgrids. Aletra biedt extra kapitaal en financiële zekerheid aan het bedrijf, waarmee TSS de groeiplannen in geografische markten en nieuwe marktsegmenten versneld kan realiseren. Aletra is gevestigd in Laren (NH) en heeft een nevenvestiging in Singapore voor de Aziatische markt. TSS is gevestigd in Eindhoven en heeft dochterondernemingen in Abu Dhabi en Kuala Lumpur en covert daarmee het Midden-Oosten, de Afrikaanse en Aziatische markten.

TSS Managing Director Dop Brzesowsky over de nieuwe meerderheidsaandeelhouder Aletra Capital Partners:

“Met de groeiplannen die wij hebben is Aletra de perfecte match. Ten eerste omdat zij onze financiële behoefte invullen en ten tweede vanwege het kunnen toepassen van hun kennis van de telecomsector in de Aziatische regio. Wij zijn nu beter uitgerust om onze mondiale ambities te realiseren.”

Aletra Capital Partners Managing Director Geert Postma over TSS:

“TSS is de pionier van de internationale zonne-energie systemen en hybrid off-grid oplossingen. We zijn erg blij om samen te werken met het bedrijf. De directie van TSS zal zich volledig inzetten voor de groei van de onderneming in de olie- en gas industrie in de huidige geografische markten, maar ook in nieuwe landen en segmenten. Wij staan daar volledig en enthousiast achter.”

Over TSS4U

TSS4U (TSS) biedt zonne-energie oplossingen en implementeert systemen in de olie en gas industriën en de telecommarkt. Het bedrijf is in 2003 opgericht als een spin-off van Shell Solar. TSS is gevestigd in Nederland met plaatselijke kantoren in de U.A.E. en Maleisië. TSS werkt ook met een wereldwijd netwerk van ervaren lokale partners. TSS heeft meer dan 1.100 zonne-energie systemen ontworpen en geplaatst in Afrika, Zuidoost-Azië en het Midden-Oosten, variërend van veilige omgevingszonne-energie systemen in de woestijn tot ‘explosion-proof’ offshore zonne-energie systemen.

Over Aletra Capital Partners

Aletra Capital Partners B.V. (Aletra) is een investeringsmaatschappij gevestigd in Laren en Singapore die het geld van haar partners investeert. Momenteel heeft het bedrijf 13 bedrijven in het portfolio. Aletra is een hands-on investeerder die het beheer van de bedrijven ondersteunt bij het realiseren van hun volledige potentieel.
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