Early detection of solar photovoltaic (PV) plant operating problems can significantly reduce loss of earnings. At the Intersolar Europe 2012 exhibition being held in Munich from the 13-15 June, renewable energy consultancy GL Garrad Hassan will present its new set of advanced tools designed for the identification of underperformance at PV plants, in order for operators to control and reduce production losses.
Stefan Mau of GL Garrad Hassan will demonstrate how the services for the optimum operation of PV plants can increase PV plant operating profitability by detecting operational problems early on. His presentation will take place at 3pm everyday during the exhibition at booth B3.252.
The tools include a PV Plant Simulation Tool that allows for the precise simulation of energy production based on a two-diode model, module assembly on any planar or curved surface, and provides an estimation of shading losses on a module’s by-pass diode level. The Performance Control Tool can detect both temporary failures and long-term degradation and can check failure patterns in the morning/afternoon and seasonal production. The Inverter Control Tool provides measurement of inverter efficiency under operational conditions and also gives an analysis of DC voltage and DC power characteristics.
GL Garrad Hassan’s solar experts support stakeholders in both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) projects. They offer a comprehensive range of technical and project services, throughout the entire solar project lifecycle. In addition to the new PV plant optimisation services, GL Garrad Hassan will be discussing its due diligence and asset evaluation services, bankability reports for manufacturers and technology providers, as well as its training in PV and CSP and strategic advice services.