Task 13 | Workshop: Maximize Performance & Reliability of PV Power Plants

Location: Munich, Germany

Date & Time: 14th May 2019

Organizer: International Energy Agency PV Power System Programme (IEA PVPS) Task 13

New technologies, ground breaking ideas and innovative solutions were buzzwords at Intersolar 2019. The International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaic Power Systems Program (PVPS) Task 13 presented a workshop on PV system performance & reliability as well as operation & maintenance. The first workshop addressed the uncertainty surrounding the main parameters affecting yield assessment and long-term yield prediction and their impact on LCOE and selected business models. Degradation factors were considered in analyzing performance loss rates in large quantities of both high and low-quality data. This session was jointly organized by Intersolar and IEA PVPS Task 13.

Workshop 1 Ensure Maximum Performance & Reliability of PV Power Plants

Introduction to the PVPS Task 13 workshop | Boris Farnung, Head of Group PV Power Plants, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany
 
From Fault Detection to Fault Avoidance: Review of the State of the Art | Mike Green Consultant and Owners Engineer, M.G. Lightning Electrical Engineering Ltd., Israel


Do We Really Know how to Calculate Performance Loss Rates? | Sascha Lindig, Researcher, European Academy Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) Research, Italy

 
Impact of Soiling on PV Performance: Measurements, Models, Mitigation | Christian Schill, Senior Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany

 
Wrap-up of the workshop | Dr. David Moser, Group Leader - PV Energy Systems, EURAC Research Institute, Italy

In future, new methodologies will be introduced to assess technical risks and mitigation measures in terms of economic impact and effectiveness during operation. These processes will place particular emphasis on providing information on available inspection methods and best practice to qualify PV modules in the field. The presentations below covered the outcomes of the work carried out by IEA PVPS Task 13 experts to provide best practices for O&M guidelines in different climates as well as technical risks quantification for PV power plants. This session was jointly organized by Intersolar and IEA PVPS Task 13.

Workshop 2 Best Practice Concepts for Operation & Maintenance of PV Power Plants

Introduction of this PVPS Task 13 Workshop | Ulrike Jahn, Senior Expert R&D, TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH, Germany
 
Applications and Interpretation of UV Fluorescence Imaging for PV Plants | Dr. Marc Köntges, Head of PV Module Technologies, Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), Germany

 
Common Practice for Quantifying the Impact of Technical Risks During Operation | Magnus Herz, Project Manager, PV Power Plants, TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH, Germany

 
O&M Guidelines in Different Climates | Caroline Tjengdrawira, Senior Project Manager Solar Power, Tractebel, Belgium

 
Panel Discussion on Lessons Learnt from Performance, O&M of Power Plants

Moderation: Joachim Berner, Journalist Renewable Energy, Germany
Edward Gillespie
Renewable Energy Assistant Underwriter, Axis Capital, United Kingdom
Mike Green
Consultant and Owners Engineer, M.G. Lightning Electrical Engineering Ltd., Israel
Ingo Klute
Publicly Certified Expert for PV Systems, PV-Experts.co, Germany
Thomas Nolden
Team Leader PV Germany, BayWa r.e. Operation Services GmbH, Germany