What happens when… modules get dirty

Troubleshooting series: Steadily declining system yield over the years is to be expected due to module degradation in photovoltaic systems. But in the following case, the yield abruptly dropped – and it happened after several years of operation. In this series based on real cases, pv magazine aims to make assessment of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and stimulate a discussion about troubleshooting efficiency today.

What happens when… insulation fails?

Series troubleshooting: Individual insulation failures are often difficult to detect in monitoring. And when such problems are suspected, it is an additional challenge to pinpoint them precisely. In this series of realistic cases, pv magazine aims to make the estimation of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and to stimulate a discussion on today’s troubleshooting efficiency.

What happens when… several module strings fail?

Series troubleshooting: If several module strings fail completely, the result is usually high yield losses. But to identify the strings and correct the failure can sometimes be a challenge. In this series with realistic cases, pv magazine aims to make the estimation of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and to stimulate a discussion on today’s troubleshooting efficiency.

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What happens when… bypass diodes fail?

Series troubleshooting: Bypass diodes fail regularly, either because they do not have a high enough power rating or because they are overloaded due to nearby lightning strikes. With the following hypothetical, but realistic case pv magazine starts a series which aims to make the estimation of troubleshooting efforts more concrete and to stimulate a discussion on todays troubleshooting efficiency.

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Germany’s VDMA publishes new edition of PV Roadmap

The roadmap provides an overview of the market for crystalline photovoltaics in 2016 and forecasts the most important developments for the coming years.

SolarWorld announces lay-off plan

The company said that continuing it’s business operations is possible only with reduced staff. Production must keep going in the interest of possible future investors.

Intersolar & ees Awards: Technical innovations and outstanding projects

This year, among other things, there were awards for a new solar module, a mounting system for water surfaces, various efficient storage concepts and an innovative concept for cooling milk.

German PV sector reports increasing solar demand

According to the business climate index of German solar association BSW, the order intake of PV developers is significantly increasing thanks to improved financing conditions and more attractive yields.

Manz reports stable turnover and improved results

Although the CIGS equipment manufacturer reported a negative Ebit of €35.9 million, this was improved considerably from the previous year. In 2017, the company aims to increase turnover significantily and to be back in the black.

Bringing all storage solutions together at Messe Düsseldorf

Video interview: On the second day of the Energy Storage Europe conference and trade show Hans Werner Reinhard, representative of organizer Messe Düsseldorf, gave his view on the future of the event and the energy storage market.