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Technical component reviews


The solar industry is subject to an ever-changing landscape of component suppliers and innovations. Selecting the right components for a power project requires careful inquiry and consideration by investors and plant owners.

Published efficiency data give only a snapshot of component performance. Operational projects and research have demonstrated a considerable range of product performance and reliability in the field. To understand the actual product reliability, a technical component review is vital.

By evaluating all the important factors that form the specification of the product and the company, our dedicated technical reviews of key components in the renewable energy system can reduce investment risk by adding quality assurance to the component procurement process.

MAIN BENEFITS

RINA Consulting's dedicated independent technical component reviews can give investors the confidence they need, enhance your company's reputation and open up new markets across the globe.

Our reports can be added to technical due diligence packages and presented to project investors, developers and distributors to provide quality assurance; helping to expand your presence in existing markets or opening up new market segments for your product.

RINA Consulting offers reviews of all key components in a photovoltaic (PV) system, including the following:
  • PV modules
  • Inverters
  • Energy storage systems
  • Mounting structures, including tracking systems
  • Transformers
  • Switchgear
  • Monitoring systems.

WHY RINA CONSULTING?

We have assessed numerous manufacturers of primary system components for use in a range of applications. Whether working directly for the manufacturer, project developer or investor, RINA Consulting is well-qualified to provide an independent assessment.

Our independent technical reviews evaluate product specifications, certifications and company track record. We then assess the performance indicators of components against those of market leading peers. What’s more, our module reviews incorporate independent laboratory quality testing at an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified laboratory. Finally, we undertake an inspection of the factory to review whether manufacturing procedures and quality control steps are in line with the latest market practices.

DELIVERY PROCESS AND TEAM

Reviews typically cover the following key areas:
  • Technical overview of the supplier including performance of reference projects utilising the equipment, market acceptance, supply chain, performance guarantees, warranty and claims provision and environmental, health and safety practices
  • Technical overview of the equipment based on manufacturer-supplied data and, where appropriate, verified by an independent laboratory. Additional testing can be carried out to confirm the reliability of the equipment
  • Factory assessment with a review of the production processes used including subcomponent supply, quality control, testing facilities and health and safety.​

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