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Bridging the certainty gap through a new partnership in quality assurance and insurance

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In this pv magazine Webinar, you can learn about a proven partnership that is aiming to provide confidence and protection in module procurement and asset management in an uncertain supply environment. Munich RE’s Green Tech Solutions and independent engineers VDE Renewables combine risk and technology know-how to provide the client with the best quality assurance and insurance program that is looking to overcome the certainty gap. During the webinar, a real-world case study involving a large PV power plant will be presented, that involves a project in which Potential Induced Degradation (PID) seriously impacted power output and revenues.

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Bridging the certainty gap through a new partnership in quality assurance and insurance

2022 looks likely to continue to remain a turbulent time in terms of module procurement. While the supply chain upheaval of recent years may have settled to an extent, manufacturing remains in flux – with surging demand causing misalignments, bottlenecks, and some insecurity of supply. Additionally, new technologies are coming onto the market at unprecedented speed bringing with them some questions as to their long-term reliability. And module prices have also increased significantly, a marked departure from the trend set in recent years.

All of these factors can have EPCs, wholesalers, and project developers casting a wider net when it comes to securing module supply – leading to increased risks in terms of quality and the extent to which warranties can be relied upon over the life of a project.

Looking back in time a little further, there remain questions as to how effectively module makers have been able to stand by module warranties. Market volatility and fierce competition have resulted in numerous bankruptcies, which have left investors and plant owners solely responsible for failures or underperformance.

In this pv magazine Webinar, you can learn about a proven partnership that is aiming to provide confidence and protection in module procurement and asset management in an uncertain supply environment. Munich RE’s Green Tech Solutions and independent engineers VDE Renewables combine risk and technology know-how to provide the client with the best quality assurance and insurance program that is looking to overcome the certainty gap.

During the webinar, a real-world case study involving a large PV power plant will be presented, that involves a project in which Potential Induced Degradation (PID) seriously impacted power output and revenues. The case study shows how insurance would have protected the project owners to avoid high warranty claims. The presentation highlights the technical way in which the degradation was identified and addressed as well as the benefits of the insurance.

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Current market dynamics in relation to module procurement
  • Insights into the Munich RE and VDE Renewables partnership
  • “PID in the field” technical case study
  • New developments in degradation mechanisms and testing
  • Risk reduction of “PID in the field” with a PV Warranty Insurance
  • Q&A

We encourage you to ask questions, which can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Emiliano Bellini, editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

You can find the Whitepaper by Munich Re and VDE Renewables mentioned in the webinar here: https://www.munichre.com/en/solutions/for-industry-clients/pv-warranty-insurance-backing-your-solar-investment.html

Speakers

Ulrike Jahn, Senior Project Manager | VDE Renewables

Ulrike Jahn leads various R&D projects at VDE Renewables in Alzenau, Germany, where her main fields of work include reliability inspections of PV modules, monitoring of PV project performance and analysis of PV power plants. She is the Operating Agent of the IEA PVPS Task 13 – Performance and Reliability of PV Systems. Since 2018, Ulrike is a Member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV). In September 2021, the Becquerel Prize of the European Commission was awarded to Ulrike Jahn.

Julia Moser, Product Lead Photovoltaics, Green Tech Solutions | Munich RE

Julia Moser leads Munich Re´s activities in the PV Warranty Insurance space, being part of Munich Re´s Green Tech Solutions team. Green Tech Solutions provides insurance solutions as business enabler for renewable technologies such as Photovoltaics, Wind, Energy Storage, E-Mobility, Circular Economy, Hydrogen etc. Julia has an Executive Master of Insurance degree and has obtained an M.A. International Cultural and Business Studies at the Universities of Passau (Germany), Limerick (Ireland) and Granada (Spain).

Simone Steinbach, Underwriter, Green Tech Solutions | Munich RE

Simone Steinbach is part of the Green Tech Solutions team at Munich Re with a focus on Photovoltaics since 2020. With a Master of Science in Mathematics, her work focuses on underwriting and modeling insurance risks. Prior to that, she has worked on freelance consulting projects in the technology and automotive industry.

Moderators

Emiliano Bellini | Online editor, pv magazine

Emiliano joined pv magazine in March 2017. He has been reporting on solar and renewable energy since 2009. Emiliano writes stories for our daily news sections and is responsible for coverage of the EMEA region and Latin American markets. Emiliano also covers topics such as new technology, R&D, installations and financials. Previously, he built up vast experience as a journalist in the fields of EdTech and new language technologies.

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