TÜV Rheinland and DB Schenker develop a new PV logistics system

05.03.2014
Containers at the port waiting to be loaded. The new logistics system also allows their journey to be seamlessly tracked.
Photo: dpa

The logistics service provider DB Schenker and TÜV Rheinland have jointly developed a monitoring and control system for transporting PV modules. The system will provide more transparency and safety during transportation of PV modules around the world.

To date, there are no comprehensive statistics on how many modules are damaged during transportation and the revenue losses incurred by this damage. The new system by DB Schenker and TÜV Rheinland monitors whether damage occurs and also records precisely when the damage occurs during the transport process. The development and test phase of the project lasted approximately one year.

Comprehensive 3-phase monitoring system

In order to prevent damage to PV modules from the very beginning of the transport process, the first step is to certify the transportation packaging. In the second step, the output measurements and the technical equipment for monitoring the performance and quality of the modules are checked when they leave the factory. The third and final phase includes continuous monitoring during transportation as well as a second quality assurance test (including random measurements) of the modules as soon as they arrive at the destination warehouse. At the end of the transportation process, there is either confirmation that the PV modules have arrived in the same condition they left in or damage has been documented.

The new monitoring method allows transport damage to modules to be detected before it can cause revenue losses. "Sophisticated sensor technology from DB Schenker triggers an alarm during transport and informs the appropriate parties if modules are exposed to any extraordinary stresses during sea and road transport," Joachim Marxer, Global Vice President of the Semicon / Solar Vertical Market at DB Schenker explains.

After completing a comprehensive logistics analysis, TÜV Rheinland can perform an independent certification of the transport processes of the respective manufacturers.

For more information, please see the original press release by TÜV Rheinland.

Tanja Peschel

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