Workshop at Intersolar Europe Conference 2024 in Munich, Germany

18 June 2024 - 04:30 pm - 06:00 pm
ICM Munich, Room 14 B

Digitalisation in PV Power Plants: Enhancing O&M through Digital Twinning, Data and Process Integration

Moderation by Ulrike Jahn, IEA PVPS Task 13 Task Manager

  • Day: Tuesday, 18 June 2024
  • Time: 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
  • Venue: ICM Munich, Room 14 B
  • Access: Open to all registered conference participants


The solar PV market is in the midst of a transformation powered by digitalization of all activities along the value chain of PV power plants. From early design to engineering, procurement and construction, and PV operation and maintenance, novel digital tools aim to make workflows more cost effective and enhance the performance and reliability of PV power plants. Especially in PV operation and maintenance digitalization is a hot topic, as it is said to offer the opportunity to reduce failure detection time, reduce downtime, and optimize corrective, routine and predictive maintenance activities. This will lead to and improvement of the performance and reliability of PV plants, and a reduction of costs by automation and standardization of most O&M workflows. A key concept in PV digitalization is the “Digital Twin”: a digital representation of the physical PV plant. Ideally, the digital twin includes a detailed physical and geo-referenced model and integrates data flows of all relevant environmental parameters (weather, solar irradiance) to enable very accurate performance simulation, in turn allowing for evaluation of the performance of the PV plant, failure detection and thus supporting the O&M decision-making process.

In this workshop, four speakers from PV research and industry will present their views on the role of digitalization and digital twins in the PV sector. The workshop will address how digitalization can enhance O&M activities but will also expand the view beyond O&M and will discuss the need for full integration of data along the value chain of PV power plants. A panel discussion will give the speakers and audience the opportunity to debate the key benefits and drawbacks of PV digitalization and to identify the main hurdles this sector needs to overcome.

The presentations will cover ongoing work by IEA PVPS Task 13 experts to provide best practice on digitalisation along the complete life cycle of PV systems, in cooperation with partners from the industry.

Programme Outline:


Introduction of this PVPS Task 13 Workshop

Ulrike Jahn, IEA PVPS Task 13 Task Manager


Mapping the Relevance of Digitalisation for Photovoltaics.

Jonathan Leloux, Lucisun, Belgium


Why digitalization is the right choice for your lifetime asset operation.

Julián Ascencio Vásquez, univers GmbH, France 


Use cases for a digital twin within an integrated PV EPC and O&M company.

Björn Müller, enmova GmbH, Germany


IEA PVPS Task 13 Activity 2.4: Digitalisation in the PV Sector.

Atse Louwen, Eurac Research, Italy; Christian Schill, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany


Panel Discussion & Wrap-up of this Workshop

David Dassler, Fraunhofer CSP, Germany


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End of Workshop

Participants can look forward to a series of expert presentations, discussions and networking opportunities!