Best Practices: PV Quality, Safety, Training and Standards

Thursday, August 31, 2023
09:00 am - 10:30 am
Expo Center Norte
Cantareira 3-5 (2nd floor)

In order to ensure a first-rate service, people and companies working with photovoltaic energy must adhere to the highest standards. Learn what they are in terms of quality, safety, training, and regulations.

09:00 am - 09:15 amWelcome & Introduction

Prof. Dr. Leandro Michels

Associate Professor

Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

09:15 am - 09:30 amResults from ABSOLAR Certification Certification of Companies And Improvement in Process and People Qualification

Marisa Plaza

Certification Analyst


09:30 am - 09:45 amInvestigating the Causes and Consequences of Glass Cracks on Double-Glass Large Area Bifacial PV Modules

Marilia Braga



09:45 am - 10:00 amConcerning About Safety Issues and Quality of Products for the Market, and Point of View of Industry

Harry Schmelzer Neto

General Manager of Solar Energy


10:00 am - 10:15 amStandards Evolution for Quality and Safety

Dr. Marcelo Almeida

Researcher & President ABENS

University of Sao Paulo

10:15 am - 10:30 amQ&A Session



Prof. Dr. Leandro Michels, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria

Associate Professor


Leandro Michels is an associate professor at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), where he works as a researcher in the areas of power electronics and PV systems. Throughout its trajectory, it actively contributed to consolidate the dissemination of photovoltaic energy in Brazil, providing technical basis related to inverter technology and connection to the DG grid for various regulatory agents (INMETRO, ANEEL, ONS), for sector associations and for the industry. He also collaborates with the standardization of PV systems being coordinator of the Brazilian national board of the Technical Committee on Photovoltaic Systems of the IEC, and as reporter of the CEE253 commission that develops national standards for connection to the PV systems grid (NBR 16149/62150/62116). Prof. Dr. Leandro Michels has a recognized academic career in CNPq's DT1B productivity. He is also director of the UFSM Intelligent Networks Institute, of the Embrapii Unit for Distributed Energy Resources, and of the INRI / UFSM test laboratory, accredited by INMETRO for testing photovoltaic inverters.


Harry Schmelzer Neto, WEG S.A.

General Manager of Solar Energy


Harry Schmelzer Neto, Mechanical Engineer from UFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina) with an MBA in Financial Management from FGV (Getúlio Vargas College). Member of the ABSOLAR board. Head of WEG Solar since 2012, with over 10 years of experience in solar energy.


Marisa Plaza, ABSOLAR

Certification Analyst


Career built in the conformity assessment and management segment, with 25 years of experience in regulations and standards, including certification operations, through companies such as Fundação Carlos Alberto Vanzolini and Instituto Falcão Bauer daQualidade, in addition to 8 years as technical manager of the Associação Brazilian Conformity Assessment - ABRAC. At ABSOLAR, he coordinates the operationalization actions of the ABSOLAR Quality Voluntary Certification Program.


Dr. Marcelo Almeida, University of Sao Paulo

Researcher & President ABENS


Marcelo P. Almeida holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Pará (2009) and a MSc. degree (2012) and a Dr. degree (2017) in Energy from the University of São Paulo. He is a Professor at the Institute of Energy and Environment of the University of São Paulo, with experience in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energies. He is an Associate Editor of the Brazilian Journal of Solar Energy (RBENS) in the area of Economics and Public Policy, a collaborator of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) and a member of the Board of the Brazilian Solar Energy Association (ABENS).


Marilia Braga, Fotovoltaica-UFSC



Marília Braga has been a researcher at the Fotovoltaica-UFSC research group for 10 years, where she works with Prof. Dr. Ricardo Rüther with data analysis and design of photovoltaic and energy storage systems for grid-connected and off-grid applications. Marília has experience in all stages of the development of photovoltaic systems, from sizing, simulation and design, to performance analysis, having participated in commissioning and fault detection activities of more than 300 MWp of utility-scale PV plants. Additionally, in the Fotovoltaica-UFSC group, Marília helps coordinate the team and participates in research projects in the areas of battery energy storage, electric vehicles, and the production of green hydrogen. Marília is also the former treasurer and current vice-president of ABENS, the Brazilian Solar Energy Society

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