Higher Altitude Solar Energy Applications

Solar Panels Go Up and High in the Mountains

You saw solar panels on rooftops, fields, or buildings. How about on the snowy Swiss mountains? Read more now to learn about high-altitude solar applications!

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SEE Team Met for a Breakfast and Discussing Exciting Plans

SEE Team Met for a Breakfast and Discussing Exciting Plans

The SEE team got together for breakfast to celebrate many things: colleague weddings, the arrival of babies, and of course, the program’s future!

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SEE had a Blast at the Intersolar Munich 2021

SEE had a Blast at the Intersolar Europe 2021

Intersolar Europe 2021 took place from 6-8 October in a great atmosphere. The Solar Energy Engineering team shared a booth with Fraunhofer ISE.

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Dr. Eva Stegen’s Three-decade (and Counting) Energy Activism

Dr. Eva Stegen's Three Decades of Energy Activism

She studied biology at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and received her doctorate at the Institute for Zoophysiology from the same institution.

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12.000 People in Freiburg Walked for Climate Justice

12.000 People in Freiburg Walked for Climate Justice

“Climate Justice Now!” chants echoed in the lively streets of Freiburg on 24 September 2021 at the big climate strike where people of all ages were present.

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Preparing A Research Presentation?

Preparing A Research Presentation? Do These for a Successful One!

We’ll present our research before an audience at least once – if not multiple times. Read this article to learn how to convey your research topic effectively.

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MESol: Women in Brazil have a New Solar Energy Platform

MESol: Women in Brazil have a New Solar Energy Platform

Aline Kirsten Vidal de Oliveira and Kathlen Schneider are two of the co-founders of MESol. We talked about their careers and how they promote gender equality.

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Solar Bee Farms Swarm with Opportunities

Solar Bee Farms Swarm with Opportunities

Today, solar farms are mostly more than just solar farms - some are also a life source for bees. Read more to learn about this relatively young application!

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The Uni Freiburg Publishes its Environmental Report

The University of Freiburg Publishes its Environmental Report

The University's detailed report shows the University of Freiburg's greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, waste, water management. And more!

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A solar career

What Can a Solar Career Do for You?

Becoming a solar energy professional is good for you and the planet. At any point in your life, you can turn to solar. But what can a solar career do for you?

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Noemie Daguenet’s Lively and Inspiring Solar Energy Career

Noemie Daguenet’s Lively and Inspiring Solar Energy Career Journey

The senior project manager at Lightsource bp, Noemie, shares her renewable energy journey, spanning many time zones and three languages.

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Platio Interview

Hungary-based Platio Combines Recycled Plastic and Solar Cells for a Greener Future

Smart cities and a sustainable future require smart and sustainable solutions! Platio produces “walkable solar tiles mounted on recycled plastic paving slabs.”

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Penn State and Freiburg Virtual Classroom

Penn State and University of Freiburg Collaborate for Virtual Classroom Project

As education becomes more global and virtual, Penn State and Freiburg universities start a pilot virtual classroom project.

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The new recording studio of the SEE

SEE’s Studio is Recording!

After the last several busy months in the SEE’s team, another project came to life. Our new recording studio is running!

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New Fraunhofer ISE Building

New Fraunhofer ISE Building is Officially Open

The new laboratory building, namely, the “Center for High Efficiency Solar Cells”, is open as of April 2021. Find the brand new film portrait in the post!

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Renewable Energy's Rebirth from Helsinki

The Wave of Energy Rebirth from Helsinki: An Interview with Pirjo Jantunen

We move towards a climate-neutral future, which changes the way we source and use energy. Pirjo Jantunen talks about how city energy is implemented in Helsinki.

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Interview with David Jung from Fraunhofer Chile

A Young Researcher's Agrivoltaics Journey in South America

David Jung works in Fraunhofer Chile at the Center for Solar Energy Technologies. He is currently running several field projects on agrivoltaics near Santiago.

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Campus Phase Spring 2021 was Online

Spring 2021 Campus Phase Week was Informative, Fun and Online!

This week is a big deal for us! The last time our traditional Campus Phase took place in Freiburg was in Autumn 2019. Since then, our events have been online.

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Sharing is Caring: Community-owned Renewable Energy

Sharing is Caring: Community-owned Renewable Energy

Community-owned renewable energy gains popularity. For many communities, self-ownership of energy means independence, empowerment, and reliability of energy.

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Interview with ABSOLAR: Brazil's Solar Revolution

Leading Brazil's Solar Energy Revolution with Action: ABSOLAR

Get your place in the sun and read this insightful interview we had with Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia from Brazil, the CEO of ABSOLAR.

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Solar and Other Renewables in 2020 and beyond

A Review of Solar Energy and Other Renewables in 2020

The first year of the decade began with the hopes of change, a change for better environment, climate policies, and justice.

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Interview with Dr Rashi Gupta: Influential Women in Energy

Dr Rashi Gupta: Among Asia’s Most Influential Women in Renewable Energy in 2020

Apart from her BE, MBA, LLM degrees and holding a PhD title, perhaps “Batterywali of India” is the one that defines Dr Rashi Gupta the most clearly and fondly.

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From Oil to Sustainable Systems Engineering

From Oil to Sustainable Systems Engineering: How a Young Researcher Made the "Switch"

Nick Harder is a PhD Student who studied Petroleum Engineering in his bachelor. Now he is working on Grid Integration at INATECH at the University of Freiburg.

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Solar Boat Twente

Solar Boat Twente: “We Want to Show to the Maritime Sector: It Can be Done Differently!”

Solar Boat Twente wants to contribute to a sustainable future by designing and building an innovative solar boat and joining solar boat races.

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Solar Grid Project in Yemen

Solar Grid Project Empowers Local Women in Yemen

Country’s first private solar energy grid brings hope to a local community and wins acclaimed international Ashden Awards for Humanitarian Energy.

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Welcome Message

Welcome Message to Students

We welcomed our new students from all over the world! The map shows their locations; we are thrilled to have such an international student profile.

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E-vehicles in India

E-Vehicles in India

Electric vehicles are a key technology to reduce air pollution in densely populated areas and a promising option to contribute to energy diversification.

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Solar Thermal Energy can be a game changer part 2

Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer? — Part 2

In the second article of the series, Mr Wissenz dwells on how solar thermal energy brings many mitigation benefits as well as education opportunities.

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Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer?

Can Solar Thermal Energy be a Game-Changer?

Solar Fire Concentration’s CEO, Eerik Wissenz, discusses the importance of innovative and ambitious business models related to new uses of solar energy.

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Methods for Detecing Defects and Failures in PV Systems

Failures & Defects in PV Systems: Typical Methods for Detecting Defects and Failures

There are various methods to detect failures and defects in a PV system. This article explores the positive and negative aspects of these methods.

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New Podcast SolarTransfusion by Dr. Frey Brownson

SOLAR TRANS•FUSION: A Podcast about Inclusivity and Belonging by Design

Prepare for stories of light, power, and difference. This is a show about people, pride of place, centering voices from the margins in fun stories of light.

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UP Initiaive and PV Module Recycling

UP Initiative and PV Module Recycling

PV Magazine has a new agenda: the UP initiative. Through the UP initiative, PV Magazine plans to discuss issues of sustainability in the PV world. #UPrising

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Monica Oliphant Reflects on the Pandemic and Climate Change

Monica Oliphant Reflects on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Crisis

Undoubtedly 2020 will go down in history as the year of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In this situation, how do we tackle a pandemic and ongoing climate crisis?

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8 Quick Tips for Exam Preparation

8 Quick Tips for Exam Preparation

Online or offline, distant, or close whichever exam you are preparing for, here are some quick tips that can help you prepare for an exam efficiently.

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Research with Impact

Developing Research with Impact

If you are in academia, you probably want your research to generate positive impressions and have an influence on other researchers and possibly on the world.

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Globar Solar Council Webinar insights

Visions for Solar Energy’s Post-COVID-19 Future

Back in June, Global Solar Council had a webinar about how to "build back better" with the contribution of solar energy in the post-COVID-19 world.

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Interview in agrivoltaics with Andreas Steinhüser

Agrivoltaics: The Untapped Potential of the PV World - An Interview with Andreas Steinhüser

"Of all integrated PV approaches, agricultural PV technology has the most significant potential," says FraunhoferISE Agrivoltaic project manager Mr. Steinhüser.

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Welcome and Congratulations Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich

Welcome and Congratulations: Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich

We welcome Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich to our team. We are excited about sharing her vision and passion for sustainable energy!

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Filagot Tesfaye Interview

An Inspiring Woman in Ethiopian Clean Energy Sector: Filagot Tesfaye

A woman of many talents, Filagot Tesfaye, was so kind as to answer our questions. She is a consultant, an engineer and example of working for one's community!

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Anke Weidlich Interview

An Interview with Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich: New Director of SEE and a Successful Academic in Sustainable Solar Systems

The SEE department has just welcomed Prof. Dr Anke Weidlich as the co-director! She took over the position from Prof. Dr Leonhard Reindl after his retirement.

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We Recycle Solar

We Recycle Solar – A Pioneer Recycling Company in Solar Energy Industry

Have you ever wondered where do solar panels go at the end of their useful life? To landfills, if it were not for pioneers like We Recycle Solar.

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Monica Oliphant by Eve Krassovksi

An Interview with Monica Oliphant — A British-Australian Pioneer in the Renewable Energy Sector

A woman who has inspired many for more than 40 years, Monica is strongly influencing the energy transition as a maverick researcher and a tireless advocate.

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Debunking Five Prejudices

Debunking Five Prejudices and Concerns about Online Education

During a time when online training becomes more popular, here are five misconceptions you might have about online education and how to address them.

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Sabrina Hasni

Fraunhofer ISE | Annual Report 2019/2020

Fraunhofer ISE’s report encompasses a great variety of solar engineering subjects which are all very important to the energy transition towards renewables.

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2019 Reports of Gender Equality in Renewable Energy Sector

Three Reports from 2019 about Gender Equity in the Renewable Energy Sector

In this short article, I present the highlights from three different reports about gender equity and representation in renewable energy sectors.

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Tips for Adult Students

Tips for Going Back to Education as a Working Adult

Whether it is to widen their range of skills or to specialize on a subject, or to get promoted, more and more professionals go back to studying.

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A journey in to Solar - Dilara Jurt

A Journey to Solar Energy: Student Testimonial - Dilara Kurt

By complete coincidence, I watched a travel documentary by Turkish journalist Coşkun Aral. It was called “The Utopia of Clean Energy: Freiburg”. I was hooked!

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ethics and good research practices

Ethics & Good Research Practice: What Students and Researchers Should Know

Ethical norms are so ubiquitous that one might be tempted to regard them as simple common sense; however, there are guidelines for responsible research.

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Hamza Samdi

PV Module Power Increase: A Glance Behind the Scenes

PV module manufacturers compete to increase the power generated per PV module under STC conditions; this is not only to meet the demand.

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Luis del Aguila in AI for PV

Artificial Intelligence Applications in O&M of PV Plants

In the solar energy sector, AI is now being used to help push solar PV toward grid parity in markets throughout the world through two complementary approaches.

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Philipp Bucher

An Interview with SEE’s Program Coordinator Philipp Bucher

This interview is, however, a bit more personal. Philipp tells how he started to work in this industry; from its challenges and to rewarding experiences.

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Solar Panels in Buildings

Failures and Defects in PV Systems: Introduction

Identifying failures and defects is the first step to keep a PV system in high-performance condition as a part of an Operation and Maintenance strategy.

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Campus week spring 2019

Campus Week Spring 2019

Spring has come, so has the opportunity to reunite with our fellow students, lecturers, and tutors. This week is packed with lectures, workshops and networking.

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7th Solar Energy Forum

7th Solar Energy Forum

The event is offered to the students of the Online Master in Solar Energy Engineering during the Campus Phase in Freiburg.

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Webinar in Pekin

Pekin - Webinar

Interactive, real-time seminar on solar energy and other renewables courses at the German universities. The seminar is aimed at Chinese students.

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Campus week autumn 2019

Campus Week Autumn 2019

Finally, it is time for students, alumni, and Lecturers to get together again! A week full of presentations, lab visits, conferences, workshops and more.

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10th Anniversary

September 21, 2020 — Our 10th Anniversary!

For the 10th year of our program, expect a special edition of our Autumn Campus Phase. Keep an eye on this page and save the date!

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Online Campus Phase Spring 2020

Campus Week Spring 2020

We are hosting our first Online Campus Phase due to the pandemic. Talks, conferences and time management workshops are just some of the activities.

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Graduation 2019

Graudation 2019

Our Graduation Ceremony took place in a wonderful atmosphere. Accomplishment, pride, comradeship, and joy were in the air.

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Solar PV Film Roll: revolutionary new production technology

"Solar PV panels are now a common sight around the world, and they do a great job. But they only work on flat surfaces. What about the millions of other surfaces that are not so conveniently shaped? That's where the flexible solar film comes in. The concept is not new, but now a UK company has developed a unique Solar PV film that could make the technology accessible to millions of more people in remote off-grid areas in developing nations." Video and Thumbnail belong to Just Have Think YouTube channel.

SWC50 - Session 3: Transforming the Energy Sector

Session 3 discussed policy, regulation and market tools required to efficiently accelerate a transition to a low emission, low cost and reliable highly electrified energy sector in developed and developing countries. It included a review of the tools and technologies required to manage future grids with high penetration VRE. How these grids will sector couple traditional electricity needs with those of transport and industrial processes and the role that hydrogen might play was also discussed. Speakers of the session: Monica Oliphant, Lawrence Jones, Rashi Gupta, Geoff Stapleton, Ed Smeloff and Mike Davidson.

SWC 50 - Session 1: Welcome and Overview of the Century of Energy Transformation

The International Solar Energy Society hosted it's SW 50 Conference and we want to share this great event with you. Session 1 highlighted major advancements and future visions and launched the SWC 50 virtual ISES Solar Energy Museum and the SWC50 celebratory booklet " The Century of Solar - Stories and Visions of Renewable Energy". Speakers of the session: Geoff Stapleton, Larry Kazmerski, Yogi Goswami, Klaus Vajen, Dave Renné, Gauri Singh, Paulo Frankl, Anna Skowron - all copyrights to ISES.org.

Inclusive and Sustainable Digitalisation of Wind Energy Challenges and Innovative Solutions for a Successful Digital Transformation

The digital transformation is something that is happening to us, whether we like it or not. It brings with it a combination of technical and communication-related challenges, and must be implemented in an inclusive and sustainable manner. In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Barber, an engineer, leader and pioneer based in Switzerland, gives unique insights into the challenges related to a successful digital transformation of wind energy. Not only that, she also discusses some examples of innovative solutions being developed at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and the Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network.

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Don’t miss out: 19th of July 2021 | 6:00 p.m. CEST | 1:00 p.m. (Sao Paulo) | 9.30 p.m. (New Delhi)

Towards a Net Zero Energy in Buildings - Policies, regulations, finance mechanisms and business models

The European Union Delegation to the State of Kuwait, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) are organizing a series of two virtual workshops on the net-zero energy buildings concepts. The aim of these workshops is to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the ZNE buildings principles in the context of energy transitions and climate change mitigation. More information and registration here.

Transmission Networks and the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources

Utility scale renewable energy sources (RES) are now connected to most power transmission grids in the world. As further decarbonisation goals are adopted, leading to increased RE generation, the impact on the steady-state behaviour of these networks becomes more challenging due to the operating characteristics of such generation. This online event discusses the challenges arising from intermittent and non-synchronous RE generation in maintaining transmission network stability and grid balancing. More information and registration here.

6th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum

EAIF is a well-established political exchange and business event organised by ARE with local and regional partners - aimed at assisting the private and public sector to get up to speed on the latest developments in the off-grid sector and do business. More information here.

ASES Webinar: SOLAR 20/20 Women in Solar Energy (WISE) Forum Recording

Happy Women's History Month! Let's celebrate women by taking a look back at our Women in Solar Energy (WISE) forum from SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision.

The purpose of the WISE forum is to inspire women to become more technically involved in solar, not just peripheral to it. It’s easy for us to talk about what we do, but this isn’t a forum to just talk about our jobs, but about how we got where we are and the obstacles and barriers that we’ve come up against and broke through or just moved out of the way to continue on our path. Registration here.

Packed with Power: High-powered solutions for agile utility-scale solar projects

Utility-scale PV in Europe is set for rapid growth in 2021. But with opportunities come challenges, and new large scale solar markets are emerging in new regions and countries. This geographical expansion can mean complications when it comes to grid connection requirements, supply chain management, and system design and construction. Join this special pv magazine Webinar to hear from market analysts, technologists, and project financiers, to learn how the new generation of solar project components can unlock 2021’s market opportunities. More information and registration here.

MEA Renewable Energy Summit: Unlocking wind and solar power for a sustainable future

9-10 March

The renewable landscape in the Middle East and Africa is rapidly evolving, with investment increasing and several countries in the region becoming global front runners in renewable energy development. Over the course of the MEA Renewable Summit, experts from UL and industry-leading renewable energy organizations in the MEA region will explore how developers can tap into the potential of renewable energy and how stakeholders can mitigate risk as they work towards their sustainable energy targets. Detail and registration here.

Sustaining the grid of the future: the role of central inverters complemented with advanced PPC/EMS

In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll take a closer look at Sungrow’s SG3125HV-30 central inverter, its ability to connect storage on the DC-side and, together with the Inaccess PPC/EMS, the litany of grid ancillary services – like voltage control, power frequency control, fault management and integration on weak grid algorithms. More information about speakers and registration here.

Agrivoltaic: A win-win for the Photovoltaic Sector and Agriculture

Fraunhofer IEE & ISE, the Universities of Kassel and Freiburg, together with Fraunhofer Academy, bring to you expertes in Agrivoltaics from Fraunhofer Chile to share with you their latest finds in this insightful webinar. More information and registration here.

Companies in Transition Towards 100% Renewable Energy: Focus on Heating and Cooling

This webinar will gather public and private sector stakeholders to discuss key opportunities and challenges faced by companies setting and implementing corporate renewable energy heating and cooling targets, including how policies can be designed to effectively encourage the use of renewable heating and cooling in industry. Discussions will highlight successful examples of companies that are transitioning to 100% renewable energy and have set ambitious renewable energy targets for their heating and cooling operations. More information and registration here.

Accelerating Energy Transition for Product Efficiency - VEF Virtual Series

The sessions in the Products Track will focus on energy efficiency in building-related products, specifically addressing the efficiency of appliances. Find more information and registration page here.

pv magazine Webinar | Meeting the expectation of a 30+ PV project operation lifetime, from the ground up

Utility scale solar developers are increasingly factoring in very long project lifetimes in their financial models. Given this, expectations for the durability of the components have never been higher. The mounting structure is literally the component on which the weight of these expectations rest – whether fixed tilt or single-axis tracker. But is the material from which the mounting structure is constructed built to last 25, 30 or even more years in the field?

Registration here.

11th Session of the IRENA Assembly

The event will take place in a virtual setting from 18 to 21 January 2021. The sessions will be live-streamed on the IRENA Assembly Live webpage.

The speakers will reassess long-standing assumptions, perceived barriers and default decisions, and discuss the energy transition as an investment in our collective future. Details can be found here.

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