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Solar Panel plants facing operational Delays

Solar energy is the latest solution to the current environmental issues that need to be solved. According to the information available, however, solar panels are not at peak manufacturing conditions. This situation is especially evident in the excellent outcomes in repairs for already installed pieces.

Reports from several plants with installed solar panels show varying cases of occasional glitches. The underlying problem stems from the production process. According to the information, available manufacturing plants rush to complete units to cater to set operational requirements. This is coupled with a trend in plant recruitment of half-trained personnel in panel assembly.

Yet the application is not only applicable to small plants but major players in the industry as well. The reliability issues spawn across all players of the solar panel producers.  

Currently, there are 100 solar generating plants in the world. These are manufacturing firms that specialize in producing solar panel arrays known as concentrating solar power (CSP) Projects. CSPs use a collection of mirrors laid out in circular formats to concentrate high levels of temperatures and generate electricity.

However, a recent look into previous delays in the firms handling these pieces of technology show periodical glitches to be part of the problem. Among the reports are complaints about the quality of the concentration panels and their capacity to function without glitches. According to plant owners, the panels make steam, experience water leakages and hastily assembled control systems.  

A report on the matter from NREL shows that the occurrences were caused by the lack of quality checks on the assembly process. However, the information available indicates that the cases started in 1991 and are still evident to date. The first case for such a case comes from Luz International that declared insolvency after finishing a project setting up nine CSP plants. Luz International was the largest solar assembly plant dealing in the assembly of the units and had 1800 employees.

NREL set out to examine the issues that arise from CSPs by reviewing them. The results show a totaled talky of 1000 diagnostic problems stemming from operational and maintenance problems. According to the ground-based analysis, the outcome is technology agnostic.

The NREL team goes further to suggest possible changes that can be done to assess mechanical issues that occur during operational stages. While the report lays a possible solution to the current problem, it is only helpful to the market if they will be included in the assembly process.