Can solar tracking algorithms alone provide the solution to minimize energy losses on difficult terrain?

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As developers are looking to install on hilly sites and sloped terrain for new projects, some are depending on tracker algorithms as a cure-all for undulating topography. Join our webinar to find out what combination of steps can be taken to mitigate energy loss.

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Tim Townsend, Engineering & Technology, Solar, DNV GL
Jon Sharp, Vice President of Advanced Technology, Array Technologies, Inc.
Spencer Smith, Senior Director of Business Development, Array Technologies, Inc.

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Moderator Marian Willan, Editor, pv magazine group

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Tim Townsend, Engineering & Technology, Solar, DNV GL

Tim has an electric power utility engineering background dating from 1983, has specialized in photovoltaic (PV) power design, operations, and modeling since 1987, and began working for DNV GL and its solar predecessor firms BEW Engineering and Endecon Engineering in 1989. Current activities center on PV energy modeling on topics such as uneven terrain, bifacial, and gauging the effects of snow on PV performance. He developed a first-of-its-kind predictive snow loss model based on landmark testing conducted near Lake Tahoe, California. He has published several papers, articles, and posters on this topic since 2010, and the predictive model has become a widely-used tool worldwide. Tim was the principal author of the PV Systems chapter in the 2011 Wiley Interscience Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering, and has provided training on PV design, O&M, and energy modeling to several thousand journeyman electricians, contractors, and industry clients since the 1990s.

Jon Sharp, Vice President of Advanced Technology, Array Technologies, Inc.

Jon Sharp is the Vice President of Advanced Technology at Array Technologies, Inc. In this role he is responsible for evaluating new product ideas and business opportunities as the market continues to evolve. Sharp has over 25 years of grid interactive off-grid experience in the photovoltaics industry including solar cell device research, device measurements, thin film deposition, PV system design, PV system installation, sales, product marketing, performance modeling, customer training, project and program management, business analytics, and business development.

Spencer Smith, Senior Director of Business Development, Array Technology, Inc.

22 year Business Development professional with experience in High Tech and Solar Photovoltaic industries. Currently focused on driving growth of Array Technologies solutions in North America. 11 years in Solar providing utility power plant, commercial and residential solutions. Extensive knowledge of utility power plant project development, EPC, inverters and single axis tracking solutions.

Thursday 12 September 2019, 1pm – 2pm EDT, 10am -11am PDT, 7pm – 8pm CEST

Can solar tracking algorithms alone really overcome all adverse site conditions?

As developers are looking to install on hilly sites and sloped terrain for new projects, some are depending on tracker algorithms as a cure-all for undulating topography. Join our webinar to find out what combination of steps can be taken to mitigate energy loss.

Growing concerns around energy loss when installing utility-scale PV with trackers on challenging terrain may be valid. During this webinar, we will discuss how these energy losses are measured, as well as assess just how much energy can be lost due to ground conditions. Furthermore, we are going to examine best practices for developing these sites to mitigate production losses; focusing on the factors with the most significant benefits.

We will be joined by Tim Townsend, from DNV GL, who will share DNV GL’s method and results of a recent deep-dive study on how the independent engineering firm analyzes the problem and their conclusion for systematically minimizing energy losses.

Joining him will be Jon Sharp, Vice President of Advanced Technology, and Spencer Smith, Senior Director of Business Development, from Array Technology, Inc who will discuss the market drivers behind the need to develop in less than ideal locations as well as practical examples of achievable production gains with proven design best practices.

Join our webinar for a better understanding of tailoring array and site design on challenging terrains. Our speakers will demonstrate the implications of site design and the effects on production as they answer the critical question: can tracking algorithms alone really overcome adverse site conditions?

Webinar content:

  • Defining market drivers that lead developers to build utility-scale PV in less ideal conditions
  • Method of analyzing production losses from shading on uneven terrain
  • Methods for addressing production losses from shading on uneven terrain

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