Utility-Scale Solar Power II: Quality, Reliability & Performance

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
04:30 pm - 06:00 pm
ICM München
Room 14 A

While new-generation PV modules come with a 30-year performance warranty and lower degradation rates, the high innovation speed of solar technology, constant product changes due to material supply constraints and heavy cost pressure are casting doubt on the quality and reliability of solar system technology, in particular for multi-million, large-scale solar power plants.

This session will discuss:

  • Quality and reliability concerns for solar power plant technology
  • Procurement strategies for solar system components
  • Best practices for quality control
  • How to decarbonize the grid with 24/7 renewable energy supply
  • Why the first big corporates are asking for 24/7 renewable energy supply

04:30 pm - 04:35 pmWelcome & Introduction

Jenya Meydbray



04:35 pm - 04:50 pmBest Practices for Solar Project Quality & Reliability

David Moser

Head of Research Group

EURAC Research Institute

04:50 pm - 05:05 pmQuality and Reliability Risks of PV Module & Components Production and Benefits of Holistic Quality Control

George Touloupas

Senior Director of Technology and Quality

Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

05:05 pm - 05:20 pmBetter Models to Improve Quality and Credibility for PV Plants

Algirdas Ducinskas

R&D Specialist


05:20 pm - 05:35 pmInsights from New PV Module Reliability Scorecard 2023

Tristan Erion-Lorico

VP of Sales and Marketing


05:35 pm - 05:50 pmProcurement Strategies for High Quality and High Performance Solar System Components at Low Cost

Guillermo Martínez González


Suncycle Iberia

05:50 pm - 06:00 pmQ&A & Conclusions

Algirdas Ducinskas, Pvcase

R&D Specialist


Algirdas Ducinskas is an R&D specialist at PVcase, a next-generation PV software company offering tools for faster and more accurate planning, design, and optimization of solar PV systems. Algirdas earnt his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry at the Ècole Politechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. He investigated fundamental properties of perovskite semiconductors, which were applied in solar cells. On top of that, Algirdas Ducinskas was involved in multiple research projects focusing on energy storage technologies. At PVcase, Algirdas is responsible for the development, implementation and validation of novel simulation algorithms applied for the energy yield assessment of large-scale PV projects.

Guillermo Martínez González, Suncycle Iberia



Is the CEO of Suncycle's branch in Spain, based in Madrid, providing advanced quality and aftersales services for the solar industry. Guillermo began his career in the photovoltaic industry in 1996, at BP Solar, assuming various functions related to the design and manufacture of PV modules and cells globally. After holding various management positions in leading companies in the sector, in 2013, he began providing independent consulting services, mainly to Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers, covering areas such as automation, quality, supply chain management and technology auditing. An outstanding achievement was the deployment of 1GW bifacial cells and modules factory in the north of China, finished in 2019. Guillermo holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Degree in Geology from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a prolific writer and photographer in a variety of specialized magazines.

George Touloupas, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Senior Director of Technology and Quality


George Touloupas is a PV, storage and hydrogen expert with 11+ years of experience in manufacturing and consulting in the sector. George has been leading CEA's technology, quality, and intelligence teams since 2015.

David Moser, EURAC Research Institute

Head of Research Group


David Moser coordinates the activities of the Research Group Photovoltaic Systems of the Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC, Bolzano, Italy. His work focuses on reliable, bankable, sustainable solar PV modules and systems. He is also active in PV potential studies on a regional scale, member of ETIP-PV Steering Committee, Subtask Leader of the IEA PVPS Task 13 in 'Performance and reliability of PV modules and systems, and member of the Lifecycle Workstream of Solarpower Europe.

Jenya Meydbray, Nevados


United States of America

Jenya Meydbray is a solar industry veteran with more than fifteen years of experience. Prior to joining Nevados in 2023, he served as CEO of PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), an independent solar testing laboratory that he co-founded in 2010.

Tristan Erion-Lorico, PVEL

VP of Sales and Marketing


Tristan brings over 15 years of solar and electrical industry experience to PV Evolution Labs (PVEL). As VP of Sales and Marketing, he oversees PVEL's commercial activities and collaborates with PV module buyers, investors, research institutions and manufacturers to develop innovative performance and reliability test programs for product qualification. Tristan previously served as Product and Quality Manager for Silfab Solar, where he oversaw Silfab's extended reliability testing and was responsible for new product development and new material qualification. He has also directed equipment procurement and technical site operations for solar project developers and Independent Power Producers at a range of projects across North America, South America and Asia.

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