QEERI Hosts Meetings to Advance International Standards for Photovoltaic Modules

Doha: The Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) hosted the International Electrotechnical Commission, Technical Committee 82 – Workgroup 2 Photovoltaic (PV) Modules (IEC TC82 WG2) for a series of meetings. This was the first time these meetings took place in Doha, with approximately 60 attendees from 10 different countries participating in person, with more following proceedings online.

Proceedings particularly focused on international standards addressing the safety, performance, and reliability of PV modules to meet local market needs and fulfill end-user requirements. To this end, the working group aimed to set new international standards for solar PV modules that ensure quality throughout the installation’s lifetime. Plans were also put in place to review and amend existing standards to align with the latest developments in PV module manufacturing.

These meetings provided an overview of topics of interest to stakeholders involved in developing int
ernational standards, such as the PV industry, utilities, end users, research institutions, test laboratories, governments, and regulators.

Speaking about the meeting, Abeer Al Dosari, Stakeholder Relations Manager, QEERI, said: “Hosting this international meeting in Doha is a testament to QEERI’s expertise in harnessing solar energy and commitment to advancing international standards for photovoltaic technology. It also demonstrates QEERIs dedication to advancing the development and application of sustainable energy solutions in Qatar and beyond.” Dr. Amir Abdallah, Scientist at QEERI, said: ” Participating in the IEC TC82 WG2 meetings was an invaluable opportunity to collaborate with global experts and shape international standards crucial for the advancement of solar PV technology. We’re dedicated to driving innovation in renewable energy and ensuring sustainable solutions”.

QEERI actively contributed to ongoing IEC projects, particularly those related to PV in desert climates, high-temperature operation
, materials durability, and soiling mitigation. The Institute worked closely with local stakeholders in Qatar, including Kahramaa and Ashghal, to share updates on the development of international standards and ensure that Qatar’s solar PV projects meet these standards.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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