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Comprehensive and advanced quality assurance measures for optimal yields from PV power plants

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By Klaus Kiefer, Grid-connected Energy Systems Group Leader, Fraunhofer ISE; Daniela Dirnberger, Grid-connected Energy Systems Group, Fraunhofer ISE

As it makes its way towards a non-subsidised market, the photovoltaic sector has to deal with decreasing margins. To ensure investment goals are met in spite of this, it is imperative that PV power plants generate optimal yields. Comprehensive quality assurance for PV power plants covers all phases of the completion process from the planning to system operation. This article explains the extent of standard quality assurance measures that include yield assessments, module measurements, system testing and yield monitoring. It outlines the potential of linking these quality assurance measures and stresses the importance of the measures themselves being of high quality. Up-to-date scientific findings from Fraunhofer ISE are presented in order to further optimise quality assurance measures.

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