Quality Roundtable @ Intersolar EU 2019

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Subsidy free PV: Transforming the energy landscape

Thank you for joining our pv magazine Quality Roundtable, alongside our initiative partner DuPont, to explore one of the most exciting developments in the 2019 European solar market – subsidy-free PV!

New features together with our interactive Roundtable format, make our events participatory and engaging, providing the opportunity for high level discussion, and a deep dive into the critical quality technical and technological issues.

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Speakers

Lucie Garreau-iles, Technical Manager, EMEA, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions

Lucie Garreau-iles joined DuPont 19 years ago and has held various positions spanning technical service, R&D, production support and quality management for automotive and microelectronic applications. She began working in photovoltaics in 2009 and has been actively collecting and analyzing data on PV material degradation in the field, to help customers and partners make the right material choices that can help protect their assets, beyond the expected system lifetime.

Karl-Anders Weiß, Head of Service Life Analysis, Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE

Dr. Karl-Anders Weiß Head of Service Life Analysis, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Education and experience: Diploma in physics and economics at the University of Ulm, Germany in 2005. Diploma thesis at the BASF Polymer Physics lab in 2005. Working at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE since 2005, Head of Team Analytics 2009 -2012, Head of Group Service Life Analysis 2012-2018. Responsible for Service Life Analysis at since 2019.

Anika Giller, Senior Business Development Manager, EMEA & APAC, CEA

Ms. Giller is a Senior Business Development Manager at Clean Energy Associates with more than 5 years of solar energy experience. She is currently engaged in serving clients in 35+ countries in the EMEA and APAC markets. She leads a team based in India, the Philippines and Australia. Her responsibilities include expanding CEA’s business development efforts as well as strategic key account management. Prior to her work at CEA, Ms. Giller worked at a German clean technology start-up, analyzing finance alternatives for innovative, renewable energy projects.

Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service Europe, JinkoSolar

Andrea Viaro is responsible for the technical activities at JinkoSolar Europe since 2014, lately overseeing also product developments’ launch in the EU market. He has been working in the PV sector for the last nine years in similar roles at other tier-1 module manufacturer and technical consultancy global firm. His deep knowledge of PV technology and industry, in particular regarding PV modules features and quality, makes him a valued expert in this field.

Jonathan Govaerts, imec

Jonathan Govaerts received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Ghent University, Belgium, on packaging and interconnection technology for (flexible) electronics. Since then he has been working in Si PV at imec on module integration of silicon solar cells. His technical interests relate to both cells and modules in topics across the full range from fabrication, characterization and simulation to reliability and application.

Faruk Yeginsoy, Head of Operations LEONI Business Unit Solar & Windpower, LEONI

Faruk Yeginsoy is currently the Head of Operations LEONI Business Unit Solar & Windpower. Previously he was Head of Standardisation at Brugg Cables, Head of Product Management and Head of R&D at KIW (Brugg Group). His current standardization activities are Convenor of German National Committee AK411.2.3, Member of CENELEC TC20 and Member of IEC TC20 / WG17 and TC 82 /WG2 / WG 3 / WG 6

Paul Grunow, Technology Consultant, Board of the PI Photovoltaic Institute Berlin AG

Paul Grunow is the founder and member of the board of PI Berlin. Previously, he co-founded the then solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells and the module manufacturer Solon. Since 2011, PI Berlin has carried out more than 150 so-called "Quality Packages" on samples from module deliveries, which then go directly to the target locations via containers. In addition to LID, the PI "Quality Package" also includes STC, low-light, electroluminescence, PID measurements as well as peel and gel content tests on ten modules of the same type, depending on the size of the system.

Michael Mills-Price, Head of Inverter and Energy Storage Business, PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)

Michael Mills-Price has nearly 20 years of experience in renewable energy and has pioneered over 30 technical innovations, patents and whitepapers to advance the state of the industry. He specializes in power electronic devices, and the crucial interface of renewable technologies to the broader electrical power grids. Michael joined the PVEL team in 2014 to create a suite of performance and resiliency inverter testing strategies to benchmark commercially available products under a host of testing regimes. He is a registered Professional Engineer and active member of the IEEE.

Guido Volberg, Global Head of Technical Competence Center, TÜV Rheinland

Guido Volberg has been at TÜV Rheinland since September 1995, as a Senior expert and Certifier. His current role is Global head of Technical Competence Center for PV modules and PV. His professional training is as a Certified engineer, at Association for technical-scientific education, Cologne, Germany. He is an active member of the following committees: IEC TC82, Liaison officer to IEC TC20 and TC109, CENELEC TC82, DKE (several working groups and committees).

Neil Yu, Product Manager, Growatt

Responsible for oversea market technical support, Neil Yu has been in the power electronic and renewable energy industry for more than 10 year, experienced in PV inverter technology, PV system design, ESS system configuration etc.

Eric Ast, Head of Global Business Development Photovoltaics, Stäubli

Eric Ast is the Head of Business Development Alternative Energies at Stäubli Electrical Connectors AG (formerly known as Multi-Contact AG), a technology leader and pioneer in the fields of electrical and fluid connectors, robotics and textile machinery since its foundation in 1892. Eric Ast joined Stäubli in 2008 and has over 12 years of experience in different senior leadership roles internationally and holds a B.Sc. in Marketing and International Business. Ast also served as President of SOLARUNITED since 2014. SOLARUNITED is the only trade association focusing on Quality, Reliability, Innovation, and PV Technology.

Winfried Wahl, Head of Product Management, Chief Engineer, LONGi Solar Technologie GmbH

Winfried Wahl is Head of Product Management and Chief Engineer at LONGi Solar Technologie GmbH, a leading dedicated monocrystalline photovoltaic solar cell and module manufacturer. He has been working in solar and electronics industry for more than 20 years. Before joining LONGi in 2017, Winfried Wahl has been with Hanwha, Suntech and Tyco Electronics in leading roles in Strategic Product Management and Marketing and could significantly contribute to make each of them a number one in their industry sectors. He holds the Master of Science (Diplom-Ingenieur) degree in Electical Engineering from Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen

Jörg Althaus, Regional Field Manager Germany / India / Middle East / Africa, TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH

Since 2016 Jörg Althaus has been the Regional Field Manager at TÜV Rheinland. He studied electrical power engineering and 2001 he started as a project engineer in the PV laboratory in Cologne. Since 2009 he manages the Business Field Solar Energy and from 2011 to 2017 in his role as Director of Global Competence Center PV Modules he coordinated the PV module testing services with the other TÜV Rheinland laboratories and offices internationally.

Moritz Ilg, Portfolio Manager, Foresight Group

Manager with 10 years of experience as asset manager, as head of technical customer service and as in-house consultant for leading asset managers and solar energy companies. Management of portfolios of solar assets with more than 300MW and more than £400m in investments, successful execution of a $250m warranty campaign creating cost savings of $50m and management of the update of 30,000 solar systems in the German grid achieving a 40% margin.

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Ensuring quality assurance and exploring best practice solutions within a cost pressure environment

For the economics of a subsidy free solar array to pencil out, component and system quality is a key concern. But with razor-thin margins, how can quality be assured? The Quality Roundtable will examine both the importance of quality assurance on subsidy free PV projects, along with technological case studies.

Quality Case Studies at a glance:

  1. Investigating poor soldering quality in modules – does auditing save money?
  2. Glass-glass modules are gaining market share – are they really more reliable?
  3. The dispute over direct burial of cables – what is the technical best practice?
  4. Inverters service void – what expectations about manufacturer service are fair and justified?

 

Agenda

13:30 - 14:30

POSTER SESSION Added-value technical and technological focus, including posters featuring

• PI Berlin reveals LID and LeTID tests results on 10 PERC modules and explains how to control this degradation effect…. • CEA explains how production quality varies even between factories of the same manufacturer, and how to deal with this challenge from the customer side…. • Ache Engineering raise a newly discovered threat of mounting structure stability and offer a solution….

14:30 - 14:35

Welcome and introductions

Alithea Joseph, Events and Special Projects Manager, pv magazine group and Michael Fuhs, Editor in Chief, pv magazine group

14:35 - 14:40

NEW pv magazine Quality Roundtable Industry SnapShot Poll

As valued PV community members have your say on the 4 Big Questions facing the industry - results to be shared and discussed at the end of the session

14:40 - 14:45

Quality Case Study: Investigating poor soldering quality in modules – does auditing save money?

Presented by Michael Fuhs, Editor in Chief, pv magazine group, who will be joined by Anika Giller, Senior Business Development Manager, EMEA & APAC, CEA

14:45 - 14:55

Roundtables Discussion

Key takeaways from the case study, lessons learnt and how you can apply these to future projects

14:55 - 15:00

Quality Case Study: Analysis of glass-glass performance in the field

Lucie Garreau, Technical Manager, EMEA, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions

15:00 - 15:40

DEEP DIVE DISCUSSION Glass-glass modules are gaining market share - are they really more reliable?

• Lucie Garreau-iles, Technical Manager, EMEA, DuPont • Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service Europe, JinkoSolar • Anika Giller, Senior Business Development Manager, EMEA & APAC, CEA • Paul Grunow, Technology Consultant, Board of the PI Photovoltaic Institute Berlin AG • Jonathan Govaerts, imec • Winfried Wahl, Head of Product Management, Chief Engineer, LONGi Solar Technologie GmbH • Jörg Althaus, Regional Field Manager Germany / India / Middle East / Africa TÜV Rheinland

15:40 - 15:50

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Accelerated testing protocols latest developments

Karl-Anders Weiss, Head of Service Life Analysis at Fraunhofer ISE, sits down with Michael Fuhs, Editor in Chief, pv magazine group, to outline how accelerated testing protocols are being developed, and the prospect to convert them from quality tests to real lifetime tests

15:50 - 15:55

Quality Case Study: The dispute over direct burial of cables - what is technical best practice?

Presented by Michael Fuhs, Editor in Chief, pv magazine group

15:55 - 16:05

Roundtables Discussion

Key takeaways from the case study, lessons learnt and how can you apply these to future projects

16:05 - 16:25

PANEL DISCUSSION Identifying the key considerations to ensure optimum cable connector durability

• Moritz Ilg, Portfolio Manager, Foresight Group • Guido Volberg, Global Head of Technical Competence Center, TÜV Rheinland • Eric Ast, Head of Global Business Development Photovoltaics, Stäubli • Faruk Yeginsoy, Head of Operations, Business Unit Solar & Windpower, LEONI

16:25 - 16:30

Quality Case Study: Inverters service void - what expectations about manufacturer service are fair and justified?

Presented by Michael Fuhs, Editor in Chief, pv magazine group

16:30 - 16:45

PANEL DISCUSSION How can inverter manufacturers address after-sales service issues, and how can this be leveraged for subsidy free PV

• Michael Mills-Price, Head of Inverter and Energy Storage Business, PVEL • Neil Yu, Product Manager, Growatt

16:45 - 16:55

NEW pv magazine Quality Roundtable Industry SnapShot Poll Results

Results of the poll will be revealed, with lively discussion from the Roundtables around what was expected, as well as any surprises!

16:55 - 17:00

Closing remarks and invitation to the Networking and Poster Session

Michael Fuhs, Editor in Chief, pv magazine group

17:00 - 18:00

POSTER SESSION Added-value technical and technological focus, including posters featuring

• PI Berlin reveals LID and LeTID tests results on 10 PERC modules and explains how to control this degradation effect…. • CEA explains how production quality varies even between factories of the same manufacturer, and how to deal with this challenge from customer side…. • Ache Engineering raise a newly discovered threat of mounting structure stability and offer a solution….

Program features

NEW: pv magazine Industry SnapShot Poll!

As valued PV community members, share your thoughts and insights on the 4 big questions facing the industry.  Results of the poll will be revealed at the end of the session, with lively discussion around what was expected as well as any surprises!

NEW: Extended Networking Sessions

Join us and your peers during our extended networking sessions, together with Future PV Roundtable. Our onsite Poster Session provides a great opportunity for one-on-one networking together with an added-value technical and technological focus.

13:30 – 14:30 with light lunch & 17:00 – 18:30 with beer and pretzels

Benefits of our unique Roundtable format

  • facilitates networking to build lasting relationships
  • encourages open interaction and knowledge sharing with your peers
  • organically creates a pv community, bringing all the industry stakeholders together
  • provides an environment for sharing ideas, innovations, and best practice experience

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