GSES India recently participated in the 2013 European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Paris, France. Hailed as one of the biggest solar PV events in the world, EU PVSEC 2013 gathered expertise from both industry and academia to provide a long list of plenary sessions, oral presentations and poster displays, accompanied by industry-organised parallel events and workshops.
Integrating storage with PV systems received lots of attention from the industry as a means to solve the rising voltage fluctuations issue by increasing self-consumption. Training and education also formed a significant part of the 5-day conference, with talks from representatives of the Install+RES Project and the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA).
On the modules side, the issue of Potential Induced Degradation (PID) dominated the discussion. Although, as widely believed, PID is exacerbated by factors like high voltage, heat and humidity, precise causes and scientific explanation of the phenomenon still largely remain an enigma. Leading component manufacturers and academicians presented their views and suggested solutions to this problem.
With the increasing flow of PV-related materials and equipment from more than 200 manufacturers across different regions of the world, the development of international standards was seen as an important issue to facilitate trade and further reduce costs. In one of the talks, members of IEC Technical Committee 82 detailed their efforts to bring standardization to the global PV industry. The committee has so far developed over 60 technical standards addressing risks along the value chain.
With the cost of solar at rock-bottom prices, innovation, change and education will be key to keeping costs down and the industry sustainable. GSES India’s training and publication services help keep your business abreast with the latest industry standards and best practices, to enable you to be competitive in this growing and rapidly changing industry.