Hamburg, June 13th, 2022 – This year’s Intersolar Europe in Munich showed that the PV industry is booming. With over 65,000 visitors from almost 150 countries, the event counted around 1/3 more visitors than the last regular Intersolar before the Corona pandemic in 2019. In addition to current trends such as PV storage solutions, technologies such as agri and floating PV or increasing power purchase agreements (PPAs), supply bottlenecks of components, the shortage of skilled workers in the industry and regulatory requirements were also discussed. greentech joined the trade fair with over 25 PV experts to meet customers and suppliers as well as to establish and deepen new contacts.
This year greentech was again represented as a speaker at the Intersolar Europe Conference. We moderated a session on the topic of utility-scale solar power plants and positioned ourselves as an integrated PV specialist with our experience in the areas of project development, plant design and operational management.
Conference session „Utility-Scale Solar 1“
Fabian Wany, Director EPC Sales at greentech, led the session “Utility-Scale Solar 1: The Power of new Technologies to Optimize Design, Reduce Cost and Improve Yield”. The lecturers highlighted practical and technological challenges and solutions in increasingly complex PV system contexts.
Anika Giller, Head of Business Development & M&A at Engie Germany, reported on challenges and solutions in the construction of a 66 MW agricultural PV plant in Sicily. George Touloupas, Senior Director of Technology and Quality, Solar and Storage at Clean Energy Associates, explained what the latest module and BOS product developments mean for the design and cost of large-scale solar power plants. Arturo Herrero, Senior Vice President of Sales, Europe and LATAM at Nextracker, explained how the latest Nextracker product can contribute to a reduction in earthworks and cost of electricity (LCOE). Johannes Linder, Head of System Design & Innovation at BELECTRIC, went one step further and showed which other parameters besides LCOE can be the reason for design optimisation of PV systems. And Dr. David Moser, Coordinator of the Photovoltaic Energy Systems Research Group at the EURAC Research Institute represented the TRUST-PV initiative and showed, among other things, data-based methods for ensuring system quality over the life cycle. He called for the implementation of digital solutions, such as the digital twin, for more information transparency along the value chain.
Session „Utility-Solar 2“
The second session on solar power plants with greentech participation was entitled “Total Control – How Big Data Improves O&M and Asset Management” and focused on current applications, potentials, and limitations of digitalisation, especially in the O&M sector. The session was moderated by Adele Ara, Head of Global Business Operations at Lightsource bp, who opened the event in her function as Chair of Solar Power Europe’s Life Cycle Quality Workstream. She presented the association’s Best Practice Guidelines for O&M and Asset Management and showed the great relevance of data in these areas and how it is already being used. Afterwards, greentech Managing Director Jörn Carstensen highlighted the high demands on SCADA systems of modern PV plants in his presentation. He emphasised the relevance of a demand-oriented system for the O&M sector and called for this to be integrated into project development. Daniel Barandella, Solar Advisory Lead EMEALA at UL, presented how the use and analysis of various data and forms of digitalisation can lead to a better performance assessment of PV systems. He came to the conclusion that 3 – 4 % of energy lost to underperformance is recoverable. Boris Farnung, Head of Group PV Power Plants at VDE Renewables, took a commercial perspective and showed which basic measures minimise technical risks during operation and help to ensure the best possible return on a PV project. Afterwards, Yoojin Lee, Systems Engineer and Data Analyst Engineering at Enerparc, presented a forecasting model of the company and described which key factors were considered in the development of the model.
Interested parties can view the presentations of the speakers via the respective link.
We are already looking forward to the next Intersolar and are curious to see whether the topic of sustainability will be even more in the industry’s focus by the next event, for example in the context of CO2-friendly supply chains, sustainable production of components and their parts, a manufacturing process supported by renewable energies or a climate-friendly transport.