Qualification of PV Power Plants using Mobile Test Equipment

jointly organised with the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) – IEA PVPS Task 13

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Day: Tuesday, 07 September 2021 | Time: 08:30 – 10:00 CEST | Site: EU PVSEC Online Platform
Access: Open to all Conference participants (on days registered)

As a parallel event of the 38th EU PVSEC, the session “Qualification of PV Power Plants using Mobile Test Equipment” organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) Task 13, will present on-site inspection methods and techniques to qualify PV power plants. The presented on-site inspection methods are helpful tools to identify drivers for underperforming PV power plants. Their particular strength lies in the fact that the tests are carried without dismantling and shipping the PV modules to a laboratory, which often means long transport routes, transport risks and a long down time of the PV strings. Furthermore, on-site inspection methods allow a more targeted failure analysis, as PV modules are not blindly selected. The quality and significance of the inspection results are comparable to that of laboratory tests.

Besides technical information and field experience, good practice recommendations for field use and evaluated uncertainties compared to laboratory inspection methods will be presented and discussed with the experts.

Programme Outline

Moderation: Ulrike Jahn, VDE Renewables, Germany

08:30 - 08:40
Short Introduction of IEA PVPS of Task 13
Ulrike Jahn, IEA PVPS Task 13 Operating Agent

08:40 - 09:00 (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Overview of Mobile Test Equipment for On-site Inspection and Qualification of PV Power Plants
Werner Herrmann, TÜV Rheinland, Germany (confirmed)

09:00 - 09:20 (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Aerial Inspections and Diagnostics of PV Power Plants
Ioannis Tsanakas, CEA INES, France (confirmed)

09:20 - 09:40 (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Module Characterization with Mobile Test Centres
Gabi Friesen, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Mendrisio, Switzerland (confirmed)

09:40 - 10:00 (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Mobile Spectroscopic Devices for On-site Material and Degradation Analysis 
Gabriele Eder, Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Chemie und Technik, Vienna, Austria (confirmed)

Participants can look forward to a series of expert presentations, discussions and networking opportunities. We expect more than 100 participants from experiences at former EU PVSEC events.