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PV Module Technology & Applications Forum Programme

Solar Energy Conference Program

Anticipate engaging presentations from distinguished speakers representing leading solar companies and renowned representatives from the world of science. Additionally, TÜV Rheinland experts will be contributing their insights. To provide you with a preview of the event, here are the key points to consider:

Day 1: Wednesday, April 24th 2024
9:00 am Welcome and registration (TÜV Rheinland)
10:15 amSession 1: PV systems in the Energy Transition

  • Keynote Speech: State of play of solar PV in Europe: deployment and manufacturing + Q&A (Raffaele Rossi, SolarPower Europe)
  • The Future of Photovoltaic Systems in an International Environment – Risks and Challenges + Q&A (Ulrike Jahn, Fraunhofer CSP)
  • Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation - Challenges and Opportunities (Stephan Scheuer, TÜV Rheinland)
12:00 amLunch (Marriott Hotel)
12:50 pmSession 2: Making technological progress with photovoltaic modules

  • Changes in the latest standards for PV modules – typical failures and lessons learned from it + Q&A (Dr. Eckart Janknecht, TÜV Rheinland)
  • Reliability Aspects of Current Commercial TOPCon PV Modules + Q&A (Dr. Ingrid Hädrich, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE)
  • New cell technology perovskite-silicon tandem - current state of development and added value for systems in the residential sector + Q&A (Dr Sven Rißland, Q Cells)
  • New challenges in testing curved PV modules for Vehicle Integrated PV (VIPV) looking toward a new test procedure + Q&A (Giorgio Bardizza, TÜV Rheinland)
  • Extended stress tests for solar modules are conducted to underscore long-term reliability (René Schüler, DMEGC)
3:15 pmCoffee Break (Marriott Hotel)
3:30 pmSession 3: The PV Lifecycle - From Manufacturing to Operation

  • Automated and Reliable KPI calculation approaches + Q&A (Sascha Lindig, Univers GmbH)
  • Early-stage risk assessment based on satellite data in the development of utility-scale PV powerplants. + Q&A (Thore Müller, PVRADAR Labs)
  • State-of-the-art PV-modules in large scale photovoltaic power plants: Field experiences + Q&A (Hamza Maaroufi, TÜV Rheinland)
  • Challenges and solutions for testing solar modules before installation (Michael Fuss, MBJ)
  • Effective risk management – about the trade-off between squeezing CAPEX and securing reliable and long term healthy financial returns + Q&A (Thomas C. Sauer, EXXERGY GmbH)
6:00 pm End of official part Day 1 / Walking to the peer
6:30 pmEvening Event on Rhine River

  • 7:15 pm - Welcome / Reception
  • 7:30 pm - Departure, 3 hour cruise on RhineRiver direction south with Dinner and Music
  • 10:30 pm - Arrival in Cologne
  • 10:30 pm - Party is going at the peer in Cologne
  • 0:30 am - Evening event end
Day 2: Thursday, April 25th 2024
9.00 amSession 4: Energy System Integration; Energy Storage, Societal Challenges; Awareness

  • Doing Successful Energy Storage Business in EUROPE – Market Forecasts & Key Trends (Daniel Fuchs, EUPD Research)
  • Energy storage systems and the energy transition - technologies, markets, regulatory approach (Urban Windelen, Chief executive, Federal Association of Energy Storage)
  • Keynote speech: Energy storage systems are playing an increasingly important role in industry and commerce (Simon Schandert, Managing Director Tesvolt AG)
  • EU Battery Regulation 2023/1542 - Interim status and outlook for further implementation (Thomas Timke, Solarwatt)
11.00 amCoffee Break (Marriott Hotel)
  • ESS safe and sound: fire protection and international guidelines (Jan Regtmeier, Denios)
  • Interaction of electrical and functional safety in battery energy storage systems (BESS) (Martin Hessenmüller, TÜV Rheinland)
12.40 pmLunch (Marriott Hotel)
1.30 pmSession 5: PV Balance of System Components

  • News from the world of standardization in Photovoltaics (Guido Volberg, Stäubli)
  • DC connectors with active arc suppression (Andreas Beck, Phoenix Contact)
  • New safety standard for Frontsheets and Backsheets - IEC 62788-2-1:2023 Experiences & Challenges (Philipp Laufs, TÜV Rheinland)
  • Type Approval for PV Modules and Components with a system voltage up to 3k VDC (Christos Monokroussos, TÜV Rheinland)
3.35 pmEnd of SEC 2024
We are sure that the program will offer a wealth of interesting and informative content. Detailed information on the individual sessions and other highlights will be published shortly.

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