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ETIP PV Conference

QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF PV SYSTEMS CONFERENCE

May 3, 2018

Brussels, Belgium

Quality and sustainability as an asset for the European Industry

The ETIP PV conference “Quality and sustainability of PV systems” took place on 3 May 2018 at the BIP (Rue Royale 2-4) in Brussels, Belgium.

The photovoltaic (PV) sector has overall experienced a significant growth globally in the last decade, reflecting the recognition of PV as a clean and sustainable source of energy. Quality of PV projects, systems and components are primary factors in enabling sustainable growth in PV installations. When assessing the investment-worthiness of a PV project, different financial stakeholders such as investors, lenders and insurers will evaluate the impact and probability of investment risks differently depending on their investment goals. At the conference, various stakeholders covering the whole value chain presented their view on the topic with the final aim to gain an insight on how quality can be an asset for the European Industry.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

SESSION 1: Quality in solar PV: what can we learn from other EU and Global Initiatives?

SESSION 2: Does quality have an impact on bankability?

SESSION 3: Ecodesign, Ecolabeling and Green Procurement Policies – enabling more Sustainable Photovoltaics?

SESSION 4: Quality and reliability: experience from the field

SESSION 5: R&D Panel discussion – How to address quality in practice?

NETWORKING COCKTAIL (17:15 - 18:00)

The programme was complemented with a selected number of poster presentations.

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LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Presentations

 

Boosting Solar PV Market – The role of Quality Infrastructure


Presentation of Francisco Boshell, IRENA


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PV QAT – A global effort to craft quality and reliability standards


Presentation of Ingrid Repins, NREL


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Harmonizing Data Collection from the Field to Improve PV Manufacturing


Presentation of Richard Moreth, VITRONIC / SOLARUNITED


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Performance and reliability of PV modules and systems – An IEA PVPS perspective


Presentation of Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland


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Current status of the joint preparatory study on Eco-Design, Eco-Labeling, Energy Labeling and Green Public Procurement of photovoltaic panels, inverters and PV systems


Presentation of Nieves Espinosa, European Commission, JRC


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NSF/ANSI 457 – International sustainability leadership standard for photovoltaic modules – A benchmark for a global eco-label for PV modules


Presentation of Nancy Gillis, Green Electronics Council


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Impact of sustainability initiatives on the European solar value chain


Presentation of Wolfgang Storm, Wacker


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IEA PVPS Task 12 – PV sustainability – International collaboration enabling more sustainable photovoltaics


Presentation of Gaetan Masson, IEA PVPS Task 12 (on behalf of Andreas Wade, Deputy Operating Agent, IEA PVPS Task 12)


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Quality of components: due diligence and the role of the planning phase


Presentation of Daniel Barandalla, DNV GL


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Review of PV module failures in the field


Presentation of Marc Köntges, ISFH


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Operational performance on plant and inverter level: data analytics for optimizing operations and maintenance


Presentation of Mauricio Richter, 3E


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