Enertis Applus+ Innovative PV Mobile Lab Achieves Inspection of 10,000+ Solar PV Modules in Mexico
- Offering the only mobile laboratory in Mexico, Enertis Applus+ provides on-site solar PV module testing for optimal asset performance.
- To date, Enertis Applus+ has provided module testing services for over 4 GW of operating solar PV projects in Mexico.
Global consulting, engineering, and quality control firm, Enertis Applus+, with deep expertise in the renewable energy and storage sectors, has reached a milestone by analyzing over 10,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules with its PV mobile laboratory in Mexico, the only one available in the country.
The PV Mobile Lab was pioneered, designed, and patented by Enertis Applus+ in 2012. It is available in three units, one in Mexico, one in Chile, and one in Europe. The PV Mobile Lab’s on-site testing capabilities deliver optimal results that are comparable to those of stationary laboratories, minimizing shipping risks and improving time efficiency. Enertis Applus+ also has an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, therefore optimal services and test procedures are guaranteed.
The PV Mobile Lab carries out Maximum Power Determination (or flash) tests at Standard Test Conditions (STC). It also performs Electroluminescence (EL) tests to evaluate the performance of solar photovoltaic modules and detect internal defects. EL tests ensure that PV modules are in optimal technical conditions, guaranteeing the maximum profitability of the asset.
These tests allow for a comprehensive monitoring of PV modules’ quality conditions and are performed during the commissioning and operational stages of a project. They are performed, for instance, in the post-installation phase, after the module’s initial exposure, to monitor its annual degradation, after extreme wind, hail, or storm events, and to identify causes of under-performance.
As of August 2022, Enertis Applus+ has ensured the quality of more than 4 GW of solar PV projects in Mexico by providing technical inspection services during the construction, commissioning, warranty period and operation of the installations. In addition to EL tests, these inspections have included manual thermography and aerial thermography with high-resolution infrared cameras mounted on drones, as well as tests on strings and modules using I-V curve tracers.
With country headquarters in Mexico City since 2012, Enertis Applus+ provides consultancy, engineering, and quality control services in different phases of solar PV projects.