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International Energy Agency
Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme
PRESS RELEASE
Paris, France, 17 May 2021 – The Task in charge of Performance, Operation and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems (Task 13) of the IEA PVPS has recently published a new report detailed below.
Qualification of PV Power Plants using Mobile Test Equipment

This report focuses on a complete review of the on-site inspection methods that are used to identify the drivers for underperforming PV power plants.
Their particular strength is that tests can be performed without dismounting PV modules and shipping them to a test laboratory. It avoids transport risks and long PV systems down time.
On-site inspection allows a targeted failure analysis by selecting suitable test methods from:
− Electrical inspection techniques
− Imaging techniques
− Spectroscopic methods

More on this in the report or in the executive summary here 

About the IEA PVPS Task 13
Task 13 was established in 2010 within the IEA PVPS Programme in order to continue to research activities on performance and quality issues started in the former Task 2. It is today one of the most respected Tasks within the programme, with contributors from all over the world.
The Task is co-managed by TÜV Rheinland and the Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE, both from Germany.

Contacts for Further Information:
Ulrike Jahn, Task 13 Operating Agent - ulrike.jahn@vde.com
Boris Farnung, Task 13 Operating Agent - boris.farnung@vde.com  
The International Energy Agency (IEA), founded in 1974, is an autonomous body within the framework of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Technology Collaboration Program (TCP) was created with a belief that the future of energy security and sustainability starts with global collaboration. The program is made up of thousands of experts across government, academia, and industry dedicated to advancing common research and the application of specific energy technologies.
The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) is one of the TCP’s within the IEA and was established in 1993. The mission of the programme is to “enhance the international collaborative efforts which facilitate the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems.” In order to achieve this, the Programme’s participants have undertaken a variety of joint research projects in PV power systems applications. The overall programme is headed by an Executive Committee, comprised of one delegate from each country or organisation member, which designates distinct. ‘Tasks,’ that may be research projects or activity areas. This report has been prepared under Task 1, which deals with market and industry analysis, strategic research and facilitates the exchange and dissemination of information arising from the overall IEA PVPS Programme. 

The IEA PVPS participating countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States of America. The European Commission, Solar Power Europe, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Copper Alliance are also members. 
 
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