Solar 2021

Solar Advancements Track: Solar Economics

The economics of renewable technologies are often looked at from the perspective of Payback or Return of Investment (ROI) when Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is the true test. Like the “Test of Time”, LCA evaluates all inputs, outputs, costs and benefits over a system’s life. Presentations look at improving economic benefits and include Reliability of PV, enhanced aesthetics and increased efficiency of PV, drone technology’s impact on siting and managing systems, diluted chemical bath deposition of cadmium zinc sulfide (CdZnS) thin film and applying Automotive Assembly Line Efficiencies to Solar Project Development.

Date

Aug 05 2021

Time

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Location

East Ballroom

Speakers

  • Dirk Jordan
    NREL

    Dirk Jordan is a Senior Reliability Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and certified 6 Sigma Black Belt. He has been at NREL for 12 years and is an internationally known expert in PV reliability and performance lifetime. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in physics from Arizona State University and a bachelor in physics from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
    Presentation Title: PV Reliability and Lifetime

    Presentation Description: Reliability is a vital component for the bankability of PV and its cost competitiveness with traditional energy sources. Understanding and minimizing performance degradation and system component failures is essential feedback to investors, installers and manufacturers. In this presentation we will discuss some of the latest results, address some of the more common misconceptions and provide recommendations to the PV community.

  • Fahia Munna
    Fahia Munna
    National University of Malaysia

    I have done my bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Currently I am doing my master’s in Solar Cell and Photovoltaic application. I like to learn new things related to research and I have published a few journal papers. I also love attending conferences to explore new ideas and motivate myself to achieve something new in research field.
    Presentation Title: Drone Solar Technology: A Game-Changer for PV Plant Performance, Cost Savings, and Safety

    Presentation Description: With solar’s rapid growth comes the unavoidable need to ensure new and aging PV plants alike operate at maximum efficiency and safety – especially as their lifetimes lengthen and installations deteriorate over time. Improperly-maintained plants pose serious hazards and can damage solar’s reputation as a safe, attractive renewable energy source for customers and investors.

    Drones/UAVs are a major solar advance delivering 98% time savings over manual inspections. Solar stakeholders will gain practical insights on how drone-enabled AI helps them save money and time, improve their assets’ productivity, reduce safety hazards and costly problem rectification, and manage their portfolios for better results.

  • Grant Hilti
    Heliospekt LLC

    Grant Hilti, Founder/CEO of Heliospekt, brings his decade of expertise building and operating UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to dramatically improve the performance, productivity, & efficiency of solar PV plants, reduce inspection times/costs, enhance monitoring and O&M through superior data capture & portfolio management, and improve worker safety for solar asset owners, managers, developers, and O&M contractors in the US and internationally.

    Heliospekt is a solar-dedicated consultancy deploying cutting-edge UAVs (drones) with multispectral cameras/sensors and sophisticated AI to conduct a wide range of advanced aerial inspections benefiting the entire PV plant lifecycle from planning/construction through O&M to decommissioning. Grant is a certified master thermographer and internationally-licensed UAV pilot whose consumer tech background underpins his flair for explaining tech applications with engaging and effective results.
    Presentation Title: Drone Solar Technology: A Game-Changer for PV Plant Performance, Cost Savings, and Safety

    Presentation Description: With solar’s rapid growth comes the unavoidable need to ensure new and aging PV plants alike operate at maximum efficiency and safety – especially as their lifetimes lengthen and installations deteriorate over time. Improperly-maintained plants pose serious hazards and can damage solar’s reputation as a safe, attractive renewable energy source for customers and investors.

    Drones/UAVs are a major solar advance delivering 98% time savings over manual inspections. Solar stakeholders will gain practical insights on how drone-enabled AI helps them save money and time, improve their assets’ productivity, reduce safety hazards and costly problem rectification, and manage their portfolios for better results.

  • Henry Vandermark
    Solar Wave Energy, Inc.

    Henry founded Solar Wave Energy in 1978 where he designed, installed and serviced solar thermal systems including site-built and factory-built collectors. He spent 30 years installing and servicing many types of solar hot water systems. He currently oversees the team that has built and operates www.thermal-grid.com , a web-based solar thermal monitoring platform designed to help installers optimize performance of solar thermal systems and provide reports for performance based incentives program, Thermal PPAs, and company fleets. Monitoring experience includes conventional flat-plate and evacuated tubes panels as well as hybrids (PV-Therms/PVT) panels combining thermal and electrical production.
    Presentation Title: Appropriate fit for a solar thermal, a renewable technology

    Presentation Description: Solar Thermal (Solar Heating & Cooling) technologies can satisfy a large portion of the country’s thermal energy requirements. Thermal loads of a building are complicated changing throughout the year. In order to optimize performance and ROI, systems need to match their load, which is more than just a simple number. It includes the quantify of energy at various temperatures throughout the year. System need to be designed to meet those changing temperatures. Examples of commercial and residential systems will show how performance changes throughout the year with various loads.

  • Jeff Theisen
    Renew Science Inc

    Former solar contractor, consumer products designer and research and development scientist now internet video producer and future product concept publisher specializing in alternative energy production and sophistication.
    Presentation Title: Geothermal sourced solar powered heat pump for Midwest moderate to cold climate areas.

    Presentation Description: It is rather current heat pump technology that is being applied in similar ways in emerging EV hvac systems designed to increase range and efficiency.

  • Robert Souliere
    Axsus

    As the Director of the Axsus division, Robert is responsible for overseeing all areas of the organization. Robert created Magna’s most successful Canadian solar division in 2011, leveraging one of Magna’s core competencies in manufacturing steel components. After four years with Magna’s solar division, he took an opportunity with a private solar development and EPC organization as Director of Products. Robert returned to Magna in 2019 to run Axsus. Prior to his time in the solar industry, Robert held various positions within Magna’s automotive business including Manufacturing Engineer and Operations Manager.
    Presentation Title: Drone Solar Technology: A Game-Changer for PV Plant Performance, Cost Savings, and Safety

    Presentation Description: With solar’s rapid growth comes the unavoidable need to ensure new and aging PV plants alike operate at maximum efficiency and safety – especially as their lifetimes lengthen and installations deteriorate over time. Improperly-maintained plants pose serious hazards and can damage solar’s reputation as a safe, attractive renewable energy source for customers and investors.

    Drones/UAVs are a major solar advance delivering 98% time savings over manual inspections. Solar stakeholders will gain practical insights on how drone-enabled AI helps them save money and time, improve their assets’ productivity, reduce safety hazards and costly problem rectification, and manage their portfolios for better results.

  • Tom Thompson
    Solaria Corporation

    Tom Thompson is vice president of sales at Solaria Corporation. With over three decades in the renewable and conventional energy industries, Tom has held senior management positions in the private sector, as a regulator, in the utility industry, as a manufacturer and in the not-for-profit arena. Previously, Tom was VP at LONGI Solar Technology US, Inc., and prior to that, USA Sales Team Leader at JA Solar (2014 – 16). Tom served as President of NYSEIA, and currently serves on the Board of NYSES. Tom Thompson is a solar industry spokesperson and an advocate for a 100% renewable energy vision.
    Presentation Title: The importance of enhanced aesthetics and increased efficiency in spurring solar deployment

    Presentation Description: Solar installers, system owners, buyers, developers, and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) professionals will benefit from this presentation. So will anyone who has interest and appreciation of enhancements in solar’s value and aesthetics. As solar costs drop, shifting dynamics in PV deployment have come to the fore, especially in the residential sector. There’s a shift from leasing to owning. A shift from viewing solar as a commodity — to a greater emphasis on highly efficient, aesthetic panels. Today’s high efficiency modules now produce significant improvements in power density and affordability, which has tremendous significance for space-constrained residential roofs.

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