Integrating bifacial – New system design and bespoke products

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Solar arrays comprise dozens of different component types, but only a few will require such drastic changes to the overall system design and materials as bifacial modules. Now the technology has reached a sizable market share it’s time to look at how the industry has reacted to the trend. Join this webinar together with four experts from market analysis and upstream business to discuss the impacts of the advent of bifacial module technology!

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Discussion participants

Kaushik Roy Choudhury, Global Technical Leader of Photovoltaic Reliability Program, DuPont Photovoltaics and Advanced Materials
Eric Kuo, Director, Technical Product Management, NEXTracker
Corrine Lin, Chief Analyst, PV Info Link
Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service and Product Management, JinkoSolar EU

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Marian Willuhn, Editor, pv magazine

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Presentation of Eric Kuo, NEXTracker

Integrating bifacial - New system design and bespoke products

Solar arrays comprise dozens of different component types, but only a few will require such drastic changes to the overall system design and materials as bifacial modules. Now the technology has reached a sizable market share it’s time to look at how the industry has reacted to the trend.

In this pv magazine Webinar, our initiative partner Jinko Solar brought together four experts from market analysis and upstream business to discuss the impacts of the advent of bifacial module technology.

Andrea Viaro, of module manufacturer Jinko Solar, will explain how Jinko has reacted to market trends and observations over the last years to develop a bifacial product strategy. By tweaking the plant design, Jinko says, asset owners can accommodate various demand patterns or value profiles. With the technology being in the field for some time now, it is possible to validate LCOE and energy yield assessments for better predictability of profit margins for this technology.
Additionally, Viaro will discuss the possibilities in the rather new field of combining photovoltaic and agriculture and Jinko Solar will present some data on the various system designs such as single-axis tracking, east-west or vertical orientation, and its effect on yield.

Along with him, Eric Kuo, of tracker manufacturer NEXTracker, will talk about how his company has adapted their design to maximize yield if bifacial modules are used with single-axis trackers. Beyond general bifacial adaptation, the tracker supplier will also explain how comprehensive product compatibility with Jinko’s modules had been achieved.

Further upstream, Kaushik Roy Choudhury, Global Technical Leader of DuPont Photovoltaic Reliability program will speak about transparent backsheets as used in Jinko’s Swan modules. At first, bifacial modules came as a glass-glass option, though some in the industry were concerned about weight and durability and the possibility of accommodating frameless designs of such modules. These issues have allegedly been addressed with transparent back sheets as DuPont asserts that they can help lower the Total Cost of Ownership. The manufacturer reports that the product has shown strong UV stability and weathering resistance ensuring long-term performance, lower installation and O&M cost with lighter weight and easy cleaning, as well as a mature manufacturing process with no additional investment.

Chief Analyst at PV InfoLink, Corrine Lin, will make the quartet complete by sharing market insights on bifacial modules and show which regional markets are booming and what the most popular applications are and will be.

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pv magazine Webinar content

  • Overview of bifacial modules trends in 2020’s PV market
  • Marketshare outlook for bifacial modules in 2023
  • Comparison of bifacial system design
  • New system integration options
  • Reducing shading mismatch in bifacial systems
  • Tracker design adaptation, to maximize uniform irradiation
  • Benefits of transparent backsheet to increase bifacial efficiency
  • Optimized design of bifacial modules power plants

 

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

Kaushik Roy Choudhury, Global Technical Leader of Photovoltaic Reliability Program, DuPont Photovoltaics and Advanced Materials

Kaushik is the Global Technical Leader of DuPont Photovoltaic Reliability program within the DuPont Photovoltaics and Advanced Materials business. He and his team work on long-term reliability and durability of PV packaging materials, degradation of polymeric materials in field-deployed PV modules, and PV system economics. Kaushik began his career with DuPont in 2011 as a Principal Investigator in DuPont Central R&D. At DuPont, he has led programs on metallization pastes for silicon photovoltaics, novel inorganic and hybrid thin-film solar absorbers, and light emitting and plasmonic nanomaterials.

Eric Kuo, Director, Technical Product Management, NEXTracker

Eric Kuo has a wealth of experience in the Renewable Energy Industry. He has been working in this sector since 2007, holding the position of Senior Manager of the Global Supply Chain for five years and Senior Director of Supply Chain Management at Flex for four years. Now he is the Director of Product Management at Nextracker, the subsidiary of Flex. Since he has started working at Flex, Mr. Kuo has been responsible for global solar sourcing, mainly solar cell and module.

Corrine Lin, Chief Analyst, PV InfoLink

Corrine Lin has working experiences in the PV industry for more than nine years. She was responsible for conducting enterprise evaluation, overall industry commentary, and competitor analysis at a management consulting firm in the initial stage. Later, she worked as assistant research manager at a PV industry research company. She was in charge of strategy research on the overall PV supply chain and technology/capacity distribution, as well as price tracking in all markets and products. The weekly supply chain prices index released by her has become one of the important spot price indicators in the industry. She began to conduct in-depth research on global mono/multi-Si capacity distribution, product competition analysis, and PERC、n-type cell capacity situation in 2014. She has also published a number of influential articles. Corrine continues to strengthen the database of supply chain capacity at PV InfoLink. Meanwhile, she is invited to write monthly column about Asian supply chain by the world’s largest PV magazine – PV Magazine.

Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service and Product Management, JinkoSolar EU

Andrea Viaro is responsible for the technical activities at JinkoSolar Europe since 2014, lately overseeing also product developments’ launch in the EU market. He has been working in the PV sector for the last nine years in similar roles at other tier-1 module manufacturer and technical consultancy global firm. His deep knowledge of PV technology and industry, regarding PV modules features and quality, makes him a valued expert in this field.

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