Striving for highest cost-efficiency of bifacial tracker arrays & considerations for bifacial bankability

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Join this pv magazine Webinar to learn more about how to optimize key parameters and when to use Albedo enhancing materials to receive the highest cost-efficiency of bifacial tracker arrays and the bankability of projects.

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José Alfonso, CTO, Soltec Innovations
Daniel Barandalla, Solar Advisory Lead of EMEA and Latin America, UL

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Marian Willuhn, Editor, pv magazine

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Striving for highest cost-efficiency of bifacial tracker arrays & considerations for bifacial bankability

The economic success of a bifacial array is not only determined by irradiation coming from above but also by how much bounces back from the ground. Much research has been done to figure out solutions to this limitation, and bifacial researchers are still getting a fill grip of how the parameters need to align for solid cost-efficiency.

In this pv magazine Webinar, our first guest José Alfonso Teruel, CTO of Soltec Innovations, will present the latest results from the Soltec’s Bifacial Tracking Evaluation Center (BiTEC) in Livermore, California. The researchers at Livermore have been examining row spacing, various surface materials, and other parameters to determine possibilities to improve the cost efficiency of bifacial arrays. Tracker supplier Soltec claims that introducing bifacial modules will optimize and solar plants cost-efficiency nexus. Teruel will explain the calculation behind this during the webinar.

Soltec will also explain how the use of bifacial modules requires a novel approach to backtracking, to mitigate row-to-row shading, during morning and evening hours. Naturally, the power production of bifacial modules is dependent on the ground albedo of the sight where the array is located. Albedo enhancing materials, such as white gravel, or reflective sheets of plastic, have been talked about and researched. We will discuss when and how it makes sense to use such materials.

During this pv magazine Webinar, we will also welcome our second guest Daniel Barandella, Solar Advisory Lead of EMEA and Latin America of UL. Coming from the field of testing, auditing, and consulting Barandella will speak about the bankability of bifacial project, delving into various module technologies and project designs.

Furthermore, this pv magazine Webinar will cover why designers of solar power stations must consider parameters such as installation height and ground cover ratio in their planning. Choosing these parameters for monofacial sites is no longer a point of contention. Bringing bifacial modules to the table has changed this, however, and module suppliers, tracker manufacturer, and EPCs are eager to find the new golden formula. Combining bifacial modules and single-axis trackers requires to adapt these parameters to get the optimum yield from the site.

Join this pv magazine Webinar to learn more about how to optimize key parameters and when to use Albedo enhancing materials to receive the highest cost-efficiency of bifacial tracker arrays.

 

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Key parameters that affect the cost-efficiency of bifacial + single-axis tracking PV plant
  • Optimization of these parameters
  • New lessons from backtracking with bifacial modules
  • When and how to use Albedo enhancing materials
  • Latest results from BiTEC testing lab for several albedo materials

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the Webinar through a chat window. Marian Willuhn, Editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this pv magazine Webinar. We look forward to your participation!

Speakers

José Alfonso Teruel, CTO of Soltec Innovations

Automation and Industrial Electronics Engineer, José Alfonso started in 2005 working in the United Kingdom on solar trackers for PV concentration. He has been working at Soltec since 2007 where he has been involved in the development of Soltec’s CPV modules, two and single-axis trackers, micro-inverters, micro-trackers and more recently the SFUtility and SF7 followers. He has been and R&D director and Technical Director at Soltec.

Daniel Barandalla, Solar Advisory Lead of EMEA and Latin America of UL

Mr. Barandalla has over 15 years of experience in the solar photovoltaic industry as a renewable energies consultant and project manager. He currently serves as a Solar Advisory Lead for UL Renewables in EMENALA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America). He has relevant experience in lender’s (technical due diligence review and independent engineering services) and owner’s engineer tasks for solar PV projects developed worldwide.

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