Workshop 2020


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.

The main topics of the upcoming workshop will be:

  • 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.
  • Special applications
    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 reliablity and how can the specific conditions be addressed?
  • 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 EcoLable preparatory study.