Due to the current situation the Workshop is postponed until spring 2021 - BUT...

...for your interest in our workshop series we want to thank you with a short compact webinar, which will be held on 28 and 29 May 2020 free of charge. For further information please proceed to tab "Webinar 2020"

We hope to welcome you next year in Neuchâtel. In order for us to inform you in time about the new date, please send a short note with the subject: "SOPHIA 2021" to kerstin.koerner-ruf@ise.fraunhofer.de




Requirements of new and upcoming PV applications for material selection and  Reliability Assessment

The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL (Switzerland) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany) are proud to invite to the 2020 SOPHIA-workshop ‘PV-Module Reliability’ in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The 2020 workshop will feature reliability aspects of innovative PV applications in service life prediction modelling and standardization. Aspects of the influence of reliability on sustainability will be presented and further information on the EU-Project SolarTrain provided.

This year’s topics of the workshop are:

  • Building Integrated PV (BIPV)
    With increasing regulatory pressure, such as the European nearly zero-energy building (NZEB) requirements, BIPV will play a significantly increasing role in energy systems. Their functional requirements and operational environment vary greatly from typical PV systems, and long-term performance is a critical matter.
  • Novel applications: special and innovative
    New applications of PV modules and systems like floating PV, street integrated PV or Agro-PV come along with specific operational conditions and loads. How do these effect reliability and how can the specific conditions be addressed?
  • Bifacial modules
    Bifacial modules are more and more present in the market and forecasts expect further growth of this technology in future. The special load conditions and related effects on materials and impacts on module reliability will be in the focus of this session.
  • Advancements in lifetime modelling
    How can reliability and degradation models be improved to predict the development of PV modules and plants?
  • Sustainability
    Interdependence of Reliability and Sustainability and legislative effects, including the outcomes of the EU EcoLabel preparatory study.
  • Recent failure mode testing
    Recent failure modes like LeTID call for adapted testing to be developed and validated.