IEA-PVPS Task 13 Open Workshop in Amsterdam

PV Performance Analysis & Module Reliability

As an official event of the 29th EU PVSEC, the Workshop “PV Performance Analysis and Module Reliability” organized by International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) Task 13, will present the achievements of the common work of the task experts over the last four years, as well as first results from the second phase of its work programme.

The new efforts deal particularly with the economics of PV system performance and reliability. The experts will review current practices for financial modelling of PV investments from the perspectives of technical risks during PV module production, PV system operation and the remaining uncertainties over the system’s service life.  Economic and institutional issues such as the comparison of investment costs and cost per kilowatt-hour, the analysis of maintenance costs of specific components as well as the analysis of failures and statistics will also be included in the extended Task 13 work programme.

PV Investment Financial Model: How Sound Are Your Technical Assumptions?  
Achim Woyte, 3E, Brussels, Belgium 

PV Monitoring Implementation Guidelines for Investors and Installers  
David Moser, EURAC Institute for Renewable Energy, Italy (speaker)
Stefan Mau, DNV GL, Spain
Achim Woyte, 3E, Brussels, Belgium       

No Data, No Performance  - On the benefits of data collection   
Wilfried van Sark, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Novel Array Monitoring Strategies (Failure Analysis)  
Joshua Stein, SANDIA, USA (speaker)
Mike Green, M.G. Lightning Electrical Engineering, Israel

Outdoor PV Module Data with Focus on Spectral Irradiance in Different Climates

Markus Schweiger, Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland, Cologne, Germany  
Gabi Friesen, SUPSI, Switzerland

PV Module Reliability Assessment Using IR and EL Imaging Techniques  
Marc Köntges, Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin, Germany
New solar cell encapsulation materials – Challenges in material performance and reliability
Gernot Oreski, PCCL, Austria

Outlook on Future Task 13 Work (2014 - 2017)
Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland, Cologne, Germany