Improving operations and reliability of large scale solar systems

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    Session Topic
    Large Scale Solar
    Onsite Renewables
    Operating & Maintaining of Renewable Energy Equipment
    Solar PV

Improving operations and reliability of large scale solar systems

3 Oct 2018, 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Room 219
English (Australia)

Chair: Maria Cahill, Director, K2 Management Australia


The Values Play: Why solar needs maturity and strong communication more than tech

Huon Hoogesteger, founder, Smart Commercial Solar

Often the focus in large-scale solar is on the tech.  Huon Hoogesteger will explore why the commercial solar industry will need to look beyond tech and learn maturity as it continues to scale.  Huon will show how the solar industry has arguably developed in reverse from other similar technology-based industries.  This reverse development, which has seen solar move from the consumer to the commercial, has meant that a cottage industry mentality often governs larger-scale solar.

Huon believes that developing a durable, professional “toolbox” to support communication and relationships is essential to delivering the best outcomes in larger-scale commercial solar projects.  He will outline what this toolbox needs to contain, what mature communications look like and how they impact business performance, the life of the systems and ultimately the health of the entire industry.  


Tracker reliability as a key component in long-term project viability

Ron Corio, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Array Technologies, Inc.

The reliability of key components deployed in solar PV tracker systems is a key metric for PV power plant performance and long term asset value. Component failures or faulty operation can lead to unscheduled maintenance costs, severely undermining the viability of a utility scale solar project. 

With tracker deployment growing at an unprecedented level in global PV markets and reaching upwards of 90% penetration in utility-scale solar in Australia, tracker reliability has become a vitally important issue, but one about which there is little discussion within the PV industry. 

At the All-Energy Australia 2018 Conference, Array Technologies’ Ron Corio will present key findings from a recent TÜV Rheinland study investigating tracker reliability – analysing both centralized and decentralized architectures. It is the first time the findings of the TÜV Rheinland study will be presented in Australia. 

The presentation will outline the impact that various tracker component expected lifetimes can have on both scheduled and unscheduled O&M costs. It will draw on a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) framework to illuminate the flow on effects of corrective maintenance on project operation, uptime and long-term operation.  

Tracker wind mitigation strategies will also be highlighted in the presentation, illustrating how a well-designed system can withstand long periods of high wind loadand sudden strong gusts, avoiding catastrophic system failure.

The findings of the TÜV study, as presented by Mr. Corio, will provide PV power plant developers, investors, and EPCs with valuable insights and a deep understanding of the role of tracker design and operation on PV power plants. 


PERC & Bifacial PERC technology and application trends in large scale solar

Dana Yang, Product Manager, Longi Solar

This presentation shows the basic theory and manufacturing process of PERC  and Bifacial PERC technology, also the feature of PERC cell & module is described.  By applying PERC & Bifacial PERC module to real project, field energy yield data is demonstrated and the LOCE is analyzed in the presentation. Finally   the technology trend of  PERC and Bifacial PERC module is also shown in the PPT.


Maximizing Asset IRRs for large scale solar plants through ML based analytics of UAV data

Rahul Sankhe, President & Co-Founder, SenseHawk

As global solar capacity moves towards achieving the TeraWatt milestone, solar developers are facing multiple challenges of increasing size of solar plants (>100 MW size power plants), rapid growth in the solar portfolio across multiple countries/geographies, and strong downward pressure on Tariffs. Machine Learning based analytics of data collected from UAVs across the solar plant lifecycle i.e  Development, Design, Construction and O&M enables the generation of actionable insights for driving IRR improvements. These insights enable developers to win new bids, reduce costs & reduce onsite rework through first time right design, manage on-time high quality execution, and maximise yield from operating assets.



  • Maria Cahill



    K2 Management Australia

    Maria is director of K2 Management Australia. Prior to her arrival in Melbourne to launch the Australian business, Maria was director at Prevailing...

  • Huon Hoogesteger



    Smart Commercial Solar

    Huon Hoogesteger is the founder and CEO of Smart Commercial Solar, one Australia’s leading commercial solar providers and energy analysts.  He is a...

  • Ron Corio


    Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

    Array Technologies, Inc.

    Ron Corio started Array Technologies in 1989. As chief innovation officer, Ron’s leadership is central to product innovation and strategic company...

  • Rahul Sankhe


    President & Co-Founder


    At SenseHawk, Rahul is building an enterprise grade platform to enable seamless generation of actionable insights for Solar Plants & other critical...

  • Dana Young


    Product Manager

    Longi Solar

    10 years of product engineering and technical support experience in solar industry.

Opening Times
Wed 3 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wed 3 Oct Networking Event 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Thur 4 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm

Registration opens 8.00am

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