Qualification of PV Power Plants using Mobile Test Equipment

07 September 2021 - 8:30 - 10:00 CET

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 On-site Inspection Methods and Techniques for Qualification of PV Power Plants
Werner Herrmann, TÜV Rheinland, Germany (confirmed)

09:00 – 09:20 (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Drone-Mounted EL & IR Inspection of PV Arrays
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)
Spectroscopic Methods for Polymeric Materials
Gabriele Eder, Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Chemie und Technik, Vienna, Austria (confirmed)