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PV Tech Power Volume 11

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It wouldn’t be an Intersolar Europe edition of this journal without a look at a solar market closer to home; we touch on the resurgent French solar market which looks set to provide a major source of demand. As module and inverter swap outs are a growing line of work for O&M providers, we also examine the issues that emerge, such as potential induced degradation and exposing the shortcomings of projects built without adequate monitoring capabilities. TUV Rheinland presents a technical paper that could prove to be an investor’s best friend by providing a method to push energy yield performance calculations for modules beyond an extrapolation of their standard test conditions. We also introduce our new conference, PV ModuleTech, to be held in Malaysia this November, dedicated to scrutinising the technical performance claims of manufacturers and seeking out best practice.

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In this issue...

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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Modules | PV module technology is more advanced and more varied than at any other time. Having pulled together a throng of senior PV technology experts for our PV CellTech conference, PV Tech’s head of market research, Finlay Colville, discusses with John Parnell the need to match these advances with a dedicated event this November.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Intersolar preview | The need for ongoing innovation is one of the few givens in the unpredictable solar business. Ben Willis speaks to two of the lead organisers of Intersolar Europe about the likely big topics on the show floor this year and what those tell us about industry’s continuing evolution.
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Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
O&M | As the world’s global installed solar capacity ages, technology costs drop and sophistication grows, the benefits of a health check and potential plant upgrades also increase. As part of our repowering review, Mariano Melero, principal consultant, RINA Consulting discusses the benefits of looking after aging assets.
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Interview, PV Tech Power Papers
As with solar, Germany has been one of the leading early adopters of storage. Andy Colthorpe speaks to analyst Valts Grintals about the key drivers emerging for storage in this pioneer country.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Grids
Battery storage | Operations and maintenance is becoming an important subset of the fast-maturing solar industry but is not yet as clearly defined in the less developed storage business. Andy Colthorpe reports on how efforts to get the most out of battery systems are focused on optimising assets to provide maximum value across a range of markets.
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Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
System monitoring | The international standard guiding the monitoring of PV systems has been revised to include greater emphasis on accuracy. Will Beuttell of EKO Instruments explains some of the key aspects of the revised standard and how it will help satisfy the maturing PV industry’s appetite for better quality data on plant performance.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Reporting | The growing range of stakeholders in the solar business, from the owners of small rooftop systems to pension funds, require timely and adequate information on asset performance, but to varying levels of detail. Edmée Kelsey looks at how the industry is rising to the increasingly onerous reporting challenge
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
France | With Europe in search of another PV poster child, an Emmanuel Macron-led France looks all but set to truly embrace the solar revolution. But will it learn from the mistakes of other boom markets that have preceded it?
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Market update | Mexico as yet has only a small installed base of solar PV. But with widely lauded market reforms beginning to take effect, and a succession of highly competitive tenders under its belt, this is a market whose time is about to come. Danielle Ola reports
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
System design | As PV projects get bigger and more complex, plant design programs are rising to the challenge. Sara Verbruggen looks at how some of the latest innovations in design software are helping developers win the competitiveness game
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Tom Kenning looks at the latest trends from some of the world’s most promising emerging PV markets. This issue features Turkey, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia
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PV Tech Power Papers
With United Nations sanctions lifted on Iran in spring 2016, the solar industry was just one of many that pondered the risks of entering this previously restricted market. Just a year later and the Middle Eastern giant can already boast its first two large-scale solar plants, with the project rights developed by local firm Aftab Mad Rah Abrisham, but delivered and wholly funded by German PV specialist Athos Solar.
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PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Grids
Grid storage | A natural gas leak in California in 2015 raised the prospect of widespread power outages in Los Angeles until a rapid procurement of large-scale storage projects saved the day. Danielle Ola reports on how storage’s stock has risen since this unexpected opportunity to demonstrate its capabilities in bolstering grid networks.
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PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Module degradation | Light-induced degradation has long been recognised for its negative effects on the performance of crystalline silicon solar cells. Researchers from Fraunhofer CSP explain how with the advent of advanced materials and cell technologies such as PERC, new tests and standards are required to minimise the impact of the phenomenon on plant reliability.
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Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Utility-scale PV | Since the fall of former prime minister Tony Abbott two years ago, the prospects for large-scale solar in Australia have enjoyed a dramatic turnaround. Tom Kenning reports on the changing fortunes of the industry and how storage looks set to become a key partner technology for utility solar.
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Module yield | Varying climatic conditions across markets and the individual characteristics of PV technologies undermine accurate predictions of module energy yield using conventional methods. Markus Schweiger, Werner Herrmann, Christos Monokroussos and Uwe Rau describe how a calculation of module performance ratio can be used to accurately assess the efficiency of different PV module technologies in different climates and thus the likely return on investment from a project.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Business models | Corporate PPAs offer environmentally minded businesses a means of reducing their carbon footprint and renewable energy developers a new route to market in the face of declining subsidies. Daniel Kaufman offers some insights to buyers and sellers looking to navigate the many complexities of this new market.
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Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
Europe | With the decline of solar subsidies in Europe, the industry is under pressure to find new routes to market. SolarPower Europe policy adviser Sonia Dunlop looks at some of the innovative new business models being developed to help ensure solar has a sustainable future
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Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Varying climatic conditions across markets and the individual characteristics of PV technologies undermine accurate predictions of module energy yield using conventional methods. Markus Schweiger, Werner Herrmann, Christos Monokroussos and Uwe Rau describe how a calculation of module performance ratio can be used to accurately assess the efficiency of different PV module technologies in different climates and thus the likely return on investment from a project

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