Improving the output and lifetime of PV through cost effective cooling

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Integrating cost effective cooling methods in module manufacturing to increase module output and lifetime

According to Simon Meijer, CEO of COOLBACK Company, and our webinar partner, up to 10% of output and up to 20% of lifetime is lost through this excess of heat in the PV module; this is by far the biggest impediment to improving output – far greater than reflection, dust or humidity. If this is the case, should module manufacturers be taking a closer look at heat losses, and looking at ways to improve output by thermal management? And can asset managers, EPCs and investors improve their solar projects output and lifetime with effective heat management?

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Simon Meijer, CEO, , COOLBACK Company
John van Laarhoven, CTO, , COOLBACK Company
Luca Votta, Business Sector Manager Solar & Renewable Energies, , Kiwa

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Jonathan Gifford, Managing Editor, pv magazine group

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Simon Meijer, CEO, COOLBACK Company

Simon founded COOLBACK Company and has been active in Solar since 2011. Initially active in Low Concentration PV, Simon later shifted towards Thermal Management and Module technology. Following a study in Aeronautical Engineering and Business Administration, a career in Investment Banking and Boardroom Consultancy led to his major thrill: Business Development. Using creativity and perseverance in the establishment of new business, Simon has started and scaled several businesses as entrepreneur.

John van Laarhoven, CTO, COOLBACK Company

John is CTO of COOLBACK Company, joining in 2013. He contributes 40 years of experience in PV technology. A Physics Engineer, John draws from production and installation experience for such companies as Holec, Shell Solar, Econergy & CentroSolar/Ubbink. He is advisor to both public (TKI) and private solar pioneering projects and has an extensive network and knowledge of technologies, certification and production in Solar.

Luca Votta, Business Sector Manager Solar & Renewable Energies, Kiwa

Luca is responsible for all Solar Activities of Kiwa, with offices in Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, UK, Turkey, Spain, Taiwan and China. With nearly 20 years of involvement in Solar & Certification, Luca is head of the ISO-17025 testing Laboratory accredited for Solar Modules and Components. Further accolades: Accreditation Manager IECEE CB-SCHEME - CBTL for Photovoltaic Modules and member of several international Solar Energy certification workgroups and networks.

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Integrating cost effective cooling methods in module manufacturing to increase module output and lifetime

The operating temperature of a PV module is a result of the input of heat by the environment and by the irradiation of sunlight on the one side and the dissipation of this heat to the surroundings on the PV module on the other. This dissipation is far from perfect and therefore a PV module reaches easily 70-90 degrees Celsius, which is 40-60 degrees above ambient air temperature.

According to Simon Meijer, CEO of COOLBACK Company, and our webinar partner, up to 10% of output and up to 20% of lifetime is lost through this excess of heat in the PV module; this is by far the biggest impediment to improving output – far greater than reflection, dust or humidity.  If this is the case, should module manufacturers be taking a closer look at heat losses, and looking at ways to improve output by thermal management?  And can asset managers, EPCs and investors improve their solar projects output and lifetime with effective heat management?

Join this pv magazine webinar, moderated Jonathan Gifford, managing editor of pv magazine, and gain an insight on how cooling a solar module can be beneficial for manufacturers and users. Jonathan will be joined by Simon Meijer (CEO) and John van Laarhoven (CTO) from COOLBACK Company, who together will outline the importance of focusing on heat losses, share analysis on why heat loss occurs, and how the COOLBACK cooling method tackles these issues. The COOLBACK product increases energy-output and reduces module degradation by significantly cutting back the main losses on kWh output. Effective heat management directly improves output and results in a module’s longer, more productive lifespan.

They will be joined by Luca Votta, from Kiwa – a world top 20 leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). Luca will examine measurement standards for heat loss, the results, and present what can be achieved through cooling, as well as how this currently translates into a higher return.

Webinar content:

  • Understanding how temperature (negatively) affects solar module output and lifetime
  • Effects of cooling in kWh output and lifetime for the end user
  • Introduction of COOLBACK, how it works and its effectiveness: data, pictures
  • How to implement COOLBACK (PV manufacturers focus): testing, certification and production

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