|Time frame||Up to 4 years|
|Project location||Germany, India, USA, Saudi Arabia|
Initial situation and requirements
Solar power is one of the fastest growing sources of global energy today. PV modules with different physical performance characteristics are used to harness energy at locations around the world. Climates and mounting requirements vary among locations, directly linking energy yield and power plant profits to operating conditions.
Because software simulation tools are not always as reliable as expected, performance and durability must be tested in the field to validate an individual PV module technology suitable for a particular climate environment. TÜV Rheinland has done just that.
Over a four-year period, our experts worked in challenging environments and climates around the world gathering data for our PV Climate research and development project.
Our specialists were able to determine the stability of electrical parameters and the STC power of individual PV modules during operation.
Our excellent results allowed us to reliably quantify and compare location-unique meteorological impact factors influencing both the specific energy yield and overall performance of PV modules.
This project provided yet another example of our years of experience in the fields of PV module testing , energy rating and energy yield measurement.
|First published by the climatologist Wladimir Köppen and later completed in cooperation with Rudolf Geiger, the Köppen-Geiger climate classification is one of the most widely used climate classification systems.|
|Our PV Climate project provided critical data needed to help our customers:
About TÜV Rheinland
Founded 145 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world.
Since 2006, we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. TÜV Rheinland is a world leader in testing and supply chain management services for the solar industry.
With over 35 years of experience, we offer testing and certification of PV modules and components, supply chain management, and independent engineering for PV power plants.