Floating Solar - Status of standardization and best practices
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 10AM CET
Scarce of land has in recent times led to a boom in Floating PV (FPV). PV Power Plants on water have some advantages at hand: lower temperatures for example increase the efficiency of PV modules, grid infrastructure of hydro power plants can be used, etc. At the same time applications on water bring a lot of challenges. How securely can plants be fixed on the water? How do components react towards permanent watering or increased humidity? How does this affect long-term reliability and performance?
Those questions shall be discussed in the upcoming joint webinar of TÜV Rheinland and BayWa RE.
After a brief market overview, TÜV Rheinland will summarize general risks for FPV and current status in regards to standardization. In particular TÜV Rheinland’s experts will introduce two important standards, which have been currently released: a standard for FPV cables and a standard for floating bodies. 
BayWa, one of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, has gained already vast experience with Floating Solar Plants. BayWa will share impressive project examples and show best practices for FPV applications. 

Our speakers:
Susie Ni, Department Manager, TÜV Rheinland, Greater China
Sussi has been with TÜV Rheinland for one and a half decades and is responsible for testing, inspection and certification on PV racking systems, solar trackers and other related supporting structures. Susie has rich experience in the quality control of respective equipment, which has helped investors, lenders and EPC contractors to mitigate risks in PV Power Plant projects globally. With a team of experts she has been leading the development a standard to ensure quality of floating bodies, which has gained global recognition.  
Roman Brück, Head of Department for the Components & Power Electronics, TÜV Rheinland, Germany
Roman has been working for TÜV Rheinland for 18 years. Started as an expert in the area of electrical and electronic products, he changed after 2 years to the area of solar components, PV inverters and took care of PV components like backsheets, PV connectors, PV cables, PV junction boxes, so to speak, everything from the module to the grid connection. Since 4 years, energy storage and charging infrastructure is also in his scope.
He held the laboratory management of these areas for 4 years and is now currently the department manager of the above mentioned areas.
Roman is active in the K 373 - Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems at DKE and in different committees for standardization of PV components like AC connectors, PV DC connectors, PV sub-generator connection cable. He leads the working group of the test institutes at the German Federal Association of Energy Storage.
Toni Weigl, Product Manager Floating-PV, BayWa
Already during his studies of Renewable Energies, Toni has been gathering international experiences in the PV sector through internships and work placements in the USA, China and Costa Rica. After finishing his master’s degree in Power Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, he started his career in the renewable energy sector at a German project engineering company as a Project Manager for PV-plants in Chile, where he implemented 10 trackerbased PV parks. In August 2018 Toni joined BayWa r.e. Solar Projects as a Project Manager in which his main focus was on the implementation of Floating-PV plants in the Netherlands. As Product Manager for Floating-PV he is now managing the expansion of the FPV activities of BayWa r.e. to other counties and became a real expert in all areas of Floating-PV. Toni speaks English, Spanish and German fluently.

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