Solar PV technology - project engineering, optimization & risk mitigation

A 3 day in-depth course for industry professionals wanting to gain greater understanding of the considerations necessary in PV system design and risk management.


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Training Information

  • Date:

    To be determined

  • Duration:

    3 days

  • Location:

    To be determined

  • Language:


Additional information

In this course, DNV GL will provide lessons learned and recommendations in the areas of (1) project development, (2) PV technology, (3) equipment selection, (4) project cost trends, (5) solar resource and energy modelling, (6) technical and commercial risk mitigation, and (7) operational analysis. The lessons and recommendations are based on DNV GL’s global experience (comprising 25 GW of solar projects) in the areas of product and project technical due diligence as well as the review of operational project performance.

Course outline:

Day 1

09.00     Introduction


09.15     PV Fundamentals

                     Basics of electrodynamics 

                     Solar radiation

                     Basic semi-conductor physics

10.15     Technical basics of PV power plants - Modules

                     Mono and polycrystalline

                     Thin film

                     Third generation concepts

                     Trends and cost projects

11.00     Break

11.15     Technical basics (Continued)

12.30     Lunch


13.30     Technical basics of PV power plants - Balance of Plant equipment, trends and costs




                     Power plants

                     Basics of PV system design


15.30     Break

15.45     Product quality decisions 

                     Industry standards

                     Bankable technology review

                     Product testing


17.45    Questions and Answers


18.00    Close

Day 2

09.00    Start

09.15    Operational issues

                     Module issues 

                     BoP issues

                     Performance analysis - Performance ratio and other metrics


                     Lessons learned

                     Trends and future developments


11.30    Break

11.45    DNV GL service specification for technical review of solar power plants

12.45    Lunch


13.45    DNV GL service specification for technical review of solar power plants (Continued)

15.00    Project development process


15.45    Break

16.00    Project development process (Continued) 


17.30    Questions and Answers


18.00    Close

Day 3

09.00    Start

09.15    Solar resource, energy yield and uncertainty

                     Solar resource overview 

                     Energy modelling overview

                     Uncertainty considerations

                     Optimization considerations              

11.15    Break

11.30    PV Project Cost and LCOE considerations

12.30    Lunch


13.30    Project financing and bankability

                     Development risks and mitigation

                     Resource risks and mitigation

                     Contractural risks and mitigation


15.00    Break

15.15    Project financing and bankability (Continued) 


16.00    Questions and Answers


16.30    Close

Please Note: The 3 day scheduling is subject to change.

Who should attend?

Project stakeholders involved in understanding and mitigating technical risks, including project developers, engineers, financiers, operators and utilities.