PV technical challenges to be tackled by experts in San Jose

The 2nd Utility Scale PV Plant Optimization Summit USA is only three weeks away, taking place on the 17-18th November at the Convention Plaza Hotel in San Jose.

PV technical challenges to be tackled by experts in San Jose


The 2nd Utility Scale PV Plant Optimization Summit USA is only three weeks away, taking place on the 17-18th November at the Convention Plaza Hotel in San Jose.

The event will bring together leading technical experts throughout the PV industry and will tackle the immediate roadblocks faced in the design, engineering and operation of utility scale PV plants.

Leading PV companies including First Solar, SunPower Corporation, Iberdrola Renewables, Juwi Solar, Belectric, Gestamp Solar, Black & Veatch and Cupertino Electric are already confirmed to attend, with the industry poised to tackle the technical challenges faced in the design, engineering and construction of large-scale plants, with a focus on:

Slashing LCOE for Utility Scale PV
Optimizing Plant Layout for large scale installations
Striking the balance between PV Plant Performance and Installed Costs
Next Generation Inverters for Utility Scale PV
Operations & maintenance – Lessons Learned in Utility Scale PV
Troubleshooting Plant Underperformance

The event organizers have recently announced that Advanced Energy Renewables are sponsoring the conference and will share their latest innovations in utility scale inverters developed to stabilize power output in large scale plants, that will enable solar project developers to maximize performance. Joining AE at the conference are other leading PV technology and service providers including Schletter Inc, Solar Power Technologies, True South Renewables, Meteo Control and Skytron.

Conference organizer Jack Ahearne at PV Insider said that "the PV industry in the United States is poised for massive growth and development in 2012; however, with the stabilization of module prices Balance of Systems have now assumed a majority share of a PV projects total cost. Consequently, there are technical challenges that need to be addressed to continue to place PV on the path to competing with cheaper, more established forms of energy production.

More details about this event are available at http://www.pv-insider.com/optimizationusa/index.shtml or contact Jack Ahearne by email: jack@pv-insider.com

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