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Full-transparency quality assurance – new and enhanced testing, monitoring, and material controls

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Claims of high-quality, highly durable solar modules are regularly made by manufacturers, and warranties are being extended. But how are quality assurance practices keeping step with the claims being made? And how can durable, high performance PV modules be produced while new cell and module technologies, formats and materials are being adopted at an ever-increasing rate?

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Lukas Jakisch, Global Coordinator of Technical Issues – PV modules | TÜV Rheinland
Myungsin Shim , Key Account and Marketing Director | Q CELLS Australia
Daniel Felsch-Kruse , Head of Global Quality Management, Customer Management and Final Goods | Q CELLS
Christian Taubitz, Technical Expert in R&D and Technology | Q CELLS

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Jonathan Gifford, Founding Editor | pv magazine Australia

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Presentation of Lukas Jakisch, TÜV Rheinland
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Presentation of Christian Taubitz and Daniel Felsch-Kruse, Q CELLS

Full-transparency quality assurance – new and enhanced testing, monitoring, and material controls

Claims of high-quality, highly durable solar modules are regularly made by manufacturers, and warranties are being extended. But how are quality assurance practices keeping step with the claims being made? And how can durable, high performance PV modules be produced while new cell and module technologies, formats and materials are being adopted at an ever-increasing rate?

A new Quality Controlled PV program from TÜV Rheinland is looking to open a new chapter in quality control practices, and Q CELLS is the first manufacturer in the industry to be certified. Quality Controlled PV involves an enhanced, three-level testing process, coupled to fully transparent production and materials monitoring.

By taking modules out of their comfort zone and shining a light on what enhanced quality control practices on manufacturing lines and across the supply chain, the Quality Controlled PV program aims to provide the hard data and continuous monitoring required to have confidence in PV modules and warranties.

In this pv magazine Webinar, learn how the Quality Controlled PV program works and what it means for long-term solar module performance.

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  • Factors that drove and inspired the development of the Quality Controlled PV program
  • The catalogue of tests carried out under the Quality Controlled PV program and how they go beyond industry standard-type approval and safety qualifications
  • How quality surveillance measures and material and supplier monitoring is carried out under the Quality Controlled PV program
  • How the improved testing standards and monitoring can help to improve the longevity and performance of solar projects
  • Q&A

We look forward to you joining the webinar and the discussion with TÜV and Q CELLS experts!

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Jonathan Gifford, founding editor at pv magazine Australia, will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Lukas Jakisch, Global Coordinator of Technical Issues – PV modules | TÜV Rheinland

Lukas is TÜV Rheinland’s global coordinator of technical issues in the field of PV modules at TÜV Rheinland’s Deputy Technical Competence Center, a position he has held for three years. In total, Lukas has spent more than 13 years at TÜV Rheinland, working in various roles associated with the field photovoltaic module qualification.

Myungsin Shim – Key Account and Marketing Director | Hanwha Q Cells Australia

Originally from South Korea and educated in the United States, Myungsin Shim has served in a variety of progressive roles across HR, Strategy & Planning, Sales, Product Management and Marketing. This diversity of knowledge in solar, both in terms of markets and business functions has garnered Shim a reputation as one of the leading women in the solar manufacturing space. She is the second-highest ranking woman in the global Hanwha Q CELLS. As a key strategic market for Hanwha Q CELLS, Shim has been responsible for helping lead Australia’s product management, strategy, and marketing for Q CELLS.

Daniel Felsch-Kruse – Head of Global Quality Management, Customer Management and Final Goods | Q Cells

Daniel Felsch-Kruse works for Q-Cells since 2004. Starting as an engineer in the quality management he led several improvement projects to a better quality of products. With the business diversification to a module supplier he took over the responsibility as a Team leader QM for module products. Meanwhile he is responsible for the global Quality Management for Modules and the Customer Complaints Management.

Christian Taubitz – Technical Expert in R&D and Technology | Q Cells

Dr. Christian Taubitz received his PhD in physics from the University of Osnabrück in 2010. In the same year he joined the R&D team of Hanwha Q CELLS. Christian has worked for many years on the analysis and modelling of PV-modules and became an expert on module reliability. As part of Q CELLS technical marketing support team, he now uses his vast experience to bring customers closer to high-technology topics.

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