The solar industry is among the essential sectors of renewable energy industries. The ventures in this emerging sector open the world to the capability of generating the world energy needs from renewable energy sources. However, a detailed survey into the operation of products in the solar panel industry shows a need for quality checks on operating parts.
According to reports from companies running solar power plants, glitches arising from the operating systems cause major setbacks of businesses. This outcome is a widespread occurrence across the industry and recently warranted the involvement of NREL, a quality assurance agency that works to ensure standards of service in production processes.
According to NREL, the energy sector is continually expanding, making it one of the most significant sectors to be affected in the market. NREL notes that the energy sector requires a higher degree of improvement in the operations and checks in quality to minimize glitches. A lack of assessment on this issue warrants eminent and widespread gaps in energy generation.
However, NREL’s group manager Mark Mehos relates the need for open discussion with the managing authority of solar facilities. NREL has A 257-page report dubbed the Concentrating Solar Power Best Practices Study that lays out the current state of the operating plants as well as provides possible fixes.
According to Mehos, the industry needs to take collective action to get quality checks done in the initial stages of the process. He also suggests that the design engineers take center stage in field operations checking for major leaks. Without the checks in place, solar power plants face major issues like leaking saltwater.
A recent power plant expressed concern over the lack of checks for the solar panels array. Due to the previous exposure, the plant leaked water that soaked the walls and left salt deposits. However, prolonged exposure to the leaking water exposed the floor and foundations that now require replacement at their cores.
CSP plants are available in two types, applied in different regions. The most popular one is from Luz that utilizes the use of reflective surfaces and focuses heat on a series of collective points having pipes of superheated mineral oil. The heat is transferred to generate steam that powers electrical generators. The other uses reflections to concentrate sunlight on high placed steam towers. Both designs will need to be thoroughly inspected, and a better solution to the underlying problem be effected.