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.
Boosting Solar PV Market – The role of Quality Infrastructure
Presentation of Francisco Boshell, IRENA
PV QAT – A global effort to craft quality and reliability standards
Presentation of Ingrid Repins, NREL
Harmonizing Data Collection from the Field to Improve PV Manufacturing
Presentation of Richard Moreth, VITRONIC / SOLARUNITED
Performance and reliability of PV modules and systems – An IEA PVPS perspective
Presentation of Ulrike Jahn, TÜV Rheinland
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
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
Impact of sustainability initiatives on the European solar value chain
Presentation of Wolfgang Storm, Wacker
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)
Quality of components: due diligence and the role of the planning phase
Presentation of Daniel Barandalla, DNV GL
Review of PV module failures in the field
Presentation of Marc Köntges, ISFH
Operational performance on plant and inverter level: data analytics for optimizing operations and maintenance
Presentation of Mauricio Richter, 3E