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Task 12 report: Human Health Risk Assessment Methods for PV. Part 1: Fire Risks

This report presents an analysis of potential human health impacts associated with chemical release from modules during a building fire for three PV technologies, focusing on airborne release of the highest‐prioritized chemical element for each.

Fire hazard analysis methods are presented that can estimate emissions that may occur when PV modules (hereafter mostly referred to simply as “modules”) are exposed to fire, estimate the associated chemical concentrations in ambient air downwind from the fire, and finally compare these exposure‐point concentrations to health‐protective screening levels.

A 2 page summary can be found here, and the media release is here

PV in Australia 2016

The media release summary can be found here.

The APVI represents Australia in the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Program (IEA PVPS). This report is part of Australia’s contribution to this program.

This report is recognised as a leading publication for tracking progress in the PV sector in Australia.

Germany: Impact of solar eclipse on system security

This report covers a retrospective view on early evaluations of the effects of the solar eclipse on March 20th 2015 on the German energy supply system.

It can be downloaded here

It gives an overview of the German and European power system operation from a preparation stage to a real-time operation as a successful practice of the solar eclipse.

The problem-free operation of the German energy supply system with about 37 GWp of installed PV capacity during the solar eclipse  shows that the integration of renewable energies into the supply system has already made great progress. The European case described in this report demonstrates that with high awareness and international communication the impact on an energy supply system, and the available and needed measures to safely operate it during the event, can be successfully estimated. The lessons learned described here might be a guide for upcoming events with even higher penetration of PV.

PV in Australia 2013

The APVI represents Australia in the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Program (IEA PVPS). This report is part of Australia’s contribution to this program.

This report is recognised as a leading publication for tracking progress in the PV sector in Australia.

Solar Law Workshop

27th June 2013, UNSW, Sydney – This APVA event provided practicing and aspiring lawyers, planners and PV project participants with the latest information about the legal framework and processes impacting the deployment of PV.

BIPV Workshop

7th June 2013, Bond University, Gold Coast – This event pieces together the BIPV puzzle and included presentations from leading experts for architects, building owners, planners and PV project participants.

APVA Solar Mapping Workshop

14th May 2013, UNSW, Sydney –This event included international speakers from City University of NY and NREL, and launched a Solar Portal for Australia, sponsored by ARENA.

PV WORKSHOPS & OTHER EVENTS

RECENTLY HELD

– APVI Storage workshop, 5th March 2014, Brisbane

– APVI Research Review and AGM, 25th November 2013

– APVI / IEA PVPS Workshop: PV and the electricity grid – overcoming the growing pains, 26th November 2013

Solar PV Basics

 

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power generates electricity from the sun’s (photon) energy. This should not be confused with solar hot water systems that uses the sun’s (thermal) energy to heat water.

Australian PV Standards Update July 2010

Standards Australia has undergone a number of restructures and a relocation in offices in the last few years. This has led to a number of changes in procedures and policies in the way standards are resourced and produced.