Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin ensures future profitability of PV power plants in Jordan
Module quality is a crucial factor in securing project profitability in this competitive environment
Acting as an independent consultant, the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has assisted in the acceptance of four photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 57 megawatts (MW) in Jordan. The project developer, Adenium Energy Capital, made use of the institute’s expertise to ensure its plants can generate the expected yields and rates of return. This is particularly important given the increasing pressure on price during tendering processes, which means that production losses can significantly impact the project’s viability. In addition to undertaking factory inspections, PI Berlin monitored production, conducted lab tests and performed the final inspection of modules in the field. The renowned institute is due to present its PV power plant services at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from 16–19 January 2017.
Lars Podlowski joins the Board of Directors at the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin
Podlowski to establish a new business division
Dr. Lars Podlowski joined the Board of Directors of the Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) on 1 March 2017. In his new role, the PI Berlin’s co-founder and previous partner will expand its offerings to include services for module manufacturers. PI Berlin has been conducting tests and inspections to ensure the high quality of modules for solar power plants for more than ten years – now Podlowski is developing a portfolio of technical and business services to support established module manufacturers with research and development and to offer newcomers around the globe a jump start in setting up their own module production.
PI Berlin and IRESEN join forces to promote PV in Morocco
Dr. Paul Grunow, Co-founder and Board Member of the Photovoltaik Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) and Mr. Badr Ikken, General Director of l’Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN) signed a cooperation agreement at the COP 22 climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco. The agreement defines a partnership to consolidate the engineering expertise of the two institutes to provide technical consulting services for solar PV projects in Morocco.
PV Power Plants Lab quality power measurements now possible in situ without dismantling modules
Ultra-precise troubleshooting with Class AAA LED solar simulator
Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) now has the capability to troubleshoot faults in PV power plants using a precision LED solar simulator. This device is the first of its kind worldwide to allow laboratory standard solar module power measurements to be taken in the field without the need to dismantle modules. Until now, these measurements were only possible using mobile laboratories, which required modules to be removed from installations for testing. PI Berlin is presenting its new measurement method at this year’s Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich, Germany, from 22–24 June 2016.
Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin develops EVA film test
Prevents against solar module damage and yield losses
The choice of EVA film used in the production of solar modules significantly influences the end product’s lifespan and susceptibility to defects – and, ultimately, the yield of the entire PV power plant in which the modules are used. At the same time, price competition in the international solar market often leads to the use of substandard EVA film. Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has developed the first polymer analysis process for inspecting the quality of EVA film. The institute will introduce the new EVA test to the public at Intersolar Europe in Munich.