Quality Roundtable @ Intersolar EU 2019

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Subsidy free PV: Transforming the energy landscape

Join 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, Technical Manager, EMEA, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions

Lucie Garreau 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.

Senior representative from Longi

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. Service desert inverters – what expectations about manufacturer service are fair and justified?

In previous years the Quality Roundtable has exceeded capacity, so secure your place today and be amongst the quality leaders, experts and peers!

Agenda

14:30 - 14:35

Welcome and introductions

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 • Senior representative from Longi

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

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

16:25 - 16:30

Quality Case Study: Service desert inverters - 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

Extended Networking & Poster Session

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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