Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems

Task 13 aims at focusing international collaboration in improving the reliability of PV systems and subsystems by collecting, analyzing and disseminating information on their technical performance and failures, providing a basis for their technical assessment, and developing practical recommendations for improving their electrical and economic output.

Australian Contributors

David Parlevliet

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David has a background in Physics and Computer Science with an applied focus and works in cross-disciplinary applications. While his initial interests were in silicon nanomaterials and photovoltaic devices, he has shifted to focus more on PV systems measurement and reliability. As part of this research work, he contributes actively to IEA PVPS Task 13 on Performance and Reliability of PV systems. His teaching focuses on Renewable Energy Engineering and Industrial Computer Systems Engineering and their performance and reliability on a larger scale.

David is the Learning and Teaching Lead in Engineering at Murdoch and aims to improve the student experience through engaging practices. He is also a qualified RPAS (Drone) pilot and leads drone operations at Murdoch as Chief Remote Pilot.

Anna Bruce

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Dr Anna Bruce is a senior lecturer in the school of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW, and Research Coordinator (Engineering) at the Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) at UNSW Sydney. She leads CEEM’s research theme in Distributed energy systems including ‘smart grids’ and ‘smart’ homes, distributed generation and demand-side participation. Her research focuses on modelling, analysis and integration of renewable energy and distributed energy resources into electricity industries; energy access in developing countries; and energy policy and regulation.

Anna is an Australian expert on the International Energy Agency’s PV Power Systems programme Task 18 (Off Grid Access to Energy), Task 14 (High Penetration PV), is funded to contribute to Australia’s participation in Mission Innovation Challenge 2 on Off-Grid Access to Electricity, and leads the Australian PV Institute’s Solar Mapping project.

Chris Fell

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A PhD physicist with 28 years experience in research, industry and academia, Chris is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO. He founded CSIRO’s photovoltaics research program, now operating commercially as PV Performance Laboratory, the only accredited PV measurement facility in the Southern Hemisphere. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chris is Chair of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute (APVI) and a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Chris is Australia’s representative on the IEC international standards committee for photovoltaic modules and is an Australian expert on IEA Task 13, Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems.

Lyndon Frearson

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Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Ekistica, Lyndon is a leader in the field of remote and regional infrastructure development and deployment, policy and financing. A chartered electrical engineer, Lyndon has led advisory, engineering design and project delivery activities for clients including government agencies, regulatory bodies, utilities, regional development agencies, community organisations and commercial and private investment firms across Australia, South-Asia, the Pacific and in Africa. He has also provided critical input and leadership into some of the largest public and privately financed renewable energy projects and programs in Australia; provides technical and program development assistance to a range of public and private entities.

Lyndon has established knowledge partnerships with CSIRO, Google, NREL, the UNDP, AEMO and is an Australian expert for the IEA Task 13 Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems.