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Eliminating catastrophic PV tracker system damage due to extreme wind conditions

About this event

Although PV power plants are key to mitigating the impact of climate change via the shift to renewable energy generation, the increase in intensity of weather events also creates major risks, not least in the ability of single-axis PV tracker systems to withstand more frequent, extended and stronger wind conditions.

Preventing catastrophic failures is a key priority, yet PV system performance over the lifetime of a PV power plant can be compromised by higher maintenance costs due to unscheduled component failures. Another factor is higher than expected solar panel performance degradation caused by solar cell micro-cracks, due to dynamic wind loading forces.

PV Tech is hosting a TechTalk Product Series webinar with Soltec and RWDI to provide further insight into the design requirements of utility-scale PV power plants deploying tracker systems in the new-era of large-area utility-scale PV panels and the impact on systems experiencing high-wind loads.

Webinar Learning Points:

  • Obtain a clear understanding of how the new Dy-Wind technology analysis is used to provide the stability needed for a PV power plant installed at an extreme location or exposed to high winds
  • Gain insight into the critical tracker system component requirements needed to prevent catastrophic failures and long-term plant performance degradation






Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Zachary Taylor Senior Engineer and Associate Principal @ RWDI

    Zachary is a specialist in fluid-structure interaction and bluff body aerodynamics, developing real world solutions to improve the aerodynamic performance of structures. Zachary combines real-world technical expertise with a broad depth of research experience.

  • Team member
    Mark Osborne Senior News Editor @ PV Tech

    Mark Osborne has three decades of experience in covering both the semiconductor and photovoltaics manufacturing industries. In his current roles as senior news editor for PV Tech and sister technical journal, Photovoltaics International.

  • Guest speaker
    Bernd Zwingmann Structural Engineer @ Soltec Trackers

    Bernd is a graduate in Civil Engineering from the Technische Universität Dresden (Germany). He works as a structural engineer at Soltec and is in charge of the analysis of structural design methods concerning aspects affected by wind. He has wide experience as a structural engineer and researcher of materials and cable structures applied to renewable energies.

  • Guest speaker
    Matthew Browne Project Manager and Principal @ RWDI

    Matthew’s expertise in cladding and structural wind load studies of tall buildings, long-span roofs and unique structures has been recognized internationally. Matthew has a focused and effective style of leadership that helps drive projects to successful outcomes.

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