The PV Tech Power journal is focused on the challenges and solutions concerned with designing, building and operating commercial & utility scale PV power plants. It addresses technology and business issues which impact on reducing LCOE and protecting ROI.

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Volume 18

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of PV Tech Power and our first of 2019. The turn of year always sees competing estimates of the previous 12 months’ solar installs and best guesses on installed capacity for the year ahead emerging from all the usual places. Regardless of where those figures end up come 31 December 2019, it is safe to say that the volume of both bifacial and floating solar projects will increase. A team from the Zurich University of Applied Science and ISC Konstanz offer a comprehensive overview of bifacial system design, mounting and inverters through to those all-important LCOE calculations. In many markets, shifting PV project development from land to water makes a lot of sense. Momentum is building as investors get more comfortable with the concept and the base of proven projects expands. As a result, it is a string many EPCs and developers will need to add to their bow. DNV GL looks at some of the unique technical challenges of designing and building floating solar installations, including bathymetric surveys and the loads generated by wind and/or waves. We also have papers on O&M business models, the European solar finance market that is supercharging the postsubsidy pipeline, an in-depth look at Turkey from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and much more. Our regular Storage and Smart Power section returns on page 85 with Andy Colthorpe at the helm as always.

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