At pv magazine’s first Latin American Quality Roundtable, held at Intersolar South America in Sao Paulo, we were joined by international players, like JinkoSolar and DuPont, as well as public and private Latin American entities, all of which are striving to bring more quality to the solar PV supply chain, from the U.S.-Mexico border to Tierra del Fuego.
The pv magazine Quality Roundtable, which focused on risk concerns and solutions for solar suppliers and operators in Latin America, included speakers from DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions – the solar unit of U.S. chemical group DuPont; Chinese module maker JinkoSolar; German cable and connector provider Staubli; Brazilian PV system provider Sices Brasil; Chinese inverter maker GoodWe; and the Photovoltaic Systems Laboratory of the University of Sao Paulo.
Latin American solar markets are, like all other established PV markets, not immune to quality issues, such as module degradation caused by Potential Induced Degradation (PID) or Light-Induced Degradation (LID), or failures in panel backsheets.
Although heterogeneous in composition, the group of experts – together with a discussion panel featuring other industry professionals – shed light on key quality issues in Latin America and discussed future prospects.
The roundtable also highlighted how the quality of PV projects and their components, both in the rooftop and large-scale segments, may also be put at risk by faults during the installation process – with cable or connector problems – and reduced performance by inverters.
Source PV Magazine