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Floating Solar Conference

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Over the last years, the deployment of floating solar has grown more than a hundredfold, surpassing the milestone threshold of 1 GW in September 2018. The second edition of our global conference dedicated to floating solar PV will take place as a two-day virtual summit and will explore the global importance of floating solar.

After more than 30 years, photovoltaics is a matured technology to generate green energy. Prices have dropped to almost zero compared to the early days. Module efficiently has reached >20%, system technology is well understood and fit for different conditions. However, all that was land based. The time is already here for PV to go floating on water. New potential, new solutions, new challenges, new lessons to be learned.

Supporting innovation

DNV GL is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of Floating Solar Conference.

Meet DNV GL's solar expert

Michele Tagliapietra, Solar & Storage Consultant, DNV GL
Michele obtained his BSc in Energy Engineering in Italy, before moving to the Netherlands to pursue his MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology at TU Delft, focusing mainly on Energy Storage and Solar PV Systems, with a thesis project on hybrid stand alone microgrids. He joined DNV GL first as an intern in the Solar team, performing research on the topic of Floating Solar PV. He subsequently joined as full employee in the Solar & Storage team in January 2019. He participated in projects on battery storage systems, from small home scale systems to grid connected applications, as well as solar PV projects, with a particular focus on floating solar. His involvement in Floating Solar ranges from market studies to feasibility studies, technology benchmarking, as well as Due Diligences. Within these projects, Michele can cover the role of technical consultant and of Project Manager. He is currently leading DNV GL Joint Industry Project towards the development of a Floating Solar PV Recommended Practice, bringing together 20+ among the most relevant stakeholders in the global FPV market.

Michele will be sharing his expertise during the Floating Solar Conference:

Session 1: Opening Keynote - Standardization as a driver for quality and trust
Date: Wednesday 4 November
Time: 08:45-09:10 (BST)/09:45-10:10 (CEST)
Abstract: Floating Solar PV is now more than a niche technology. Floating PV installations topped 2 GW in 2020 and are steadily growing and spreading globally, from Asia to Europe and slowly appearing also in North and South America. The global interest on the topic is impressive, while the trust from banks, investors and regulators still needs to be consolidated. This is partially due to the accidents that have been reported lately on floating solar plants. As every new and booming market, a strong focus should be put on quality, knowledge sharing and standardization of best practices, as a way to increase trust. DNV GL is leading a Joint Industry Project with 20+ global FPV stakeholders to try and fill the gap in standardization, defining Recommended Practices for FPV, to increase quality as a driver for trust.

Michele Tagliapietra, from DNV GL Netherlands, Project Manager of the JIP, will highlight why such an effort is needed, what have been done so far in terms and standardization and what are the gaps to be filled in the process and the next steps needed for the future.

After more than 30 years, photovoltaics is a matured technology to generate green energy. Prices have dropped to almost zero compared to the early days. Module efficiently has reached >20%, system technology is well understood and fit for different conditions. However, all that was land based. The time is already here for PV to go floating on water. New potential, new solutions, new challenges, new lessons to be learned.

Supporting innovation

DNV GL is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of Floating Solar Conference.

Meet DNV GL's solar expert

Michele Tagliapietra, Solar & Storage Consultant, DNV GL
Michele obtained his BSc in Energy Engineering in Italy, before moving to the Netherlands to pursue his MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology at TU Delft, focusing mainly on Energy Storage and Solar PV Systems, with a thesis project on hybrid stand alone microgrids. He joined DNV GL first as an intern in the Solar team, performing research on the topic of Floating Solar PV. He subsequently joined as full employee in the Solar & Storage team in January 2019. He participated in projects on battery storage systems, from small home scale systems to grid connected applications, as well as solar PV projects, with a particular focus on floating solar. His involvement in Floating Solar ranges from market studies to feasibility studies, technology benchmarking, as well as Due Diligences. Within these projects, Michele can cover the role of technical consultant and of Project Manager. He is currently leading DNV GL Joint Industry Project towards the development of a Floating Solar PV Recommended Practice, bringing together 20+ among the most relevant stakeholders in the global FPV market.

Michele will be sharing his expertise during the Floating Solar Conference:

Session 1: Opening Keynote - Standardization as a driver for quality and trust
Date: Wednesday 4 November
Time: 08:45-09:10 (BST)/09:45-10:10 (CEST)
Abstract: Floating Solar PV is now more than a niche technology. Floating PV installations topped 2 GW in 2020 and are steadily growing and spreading globally, from Asia to Europe and slowly appearing also in North and South America. The global interest on the topic is impressive, while the trust from banks, investors and regulators still needs to be consolidated. This is partially due to the accidents that have been reported lately on floating solar plants. As every new and booming market, a strong focus should be put on quality, knowledge sharing and standardization of best practices, as a way to increase trust. DNV GL is leading a Joint Industry Project with 20+ global FPV stakeholders to try and fill the gap in standardization, defining Recommended Practices for FPV, to increase quality as a driver for trust.

Michele Tagliapietra, from DNV GL Netherlands, Project Manager of the JIP, will highlight why such an effort is needed, what have been done so far in terms and standardization and what are the gaps to be filled in the process and the next steps needed for the future.

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