From October 8-10 the Project Development Programme (PDP) and GTCC conducted the 1st Thai-German Solar Training Week in Bangkok in close cooperation with the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) and the Thai Photovoltaic Industries Association (TPVA). “The 1st Thai German Solar Training Week is part of DEDE’s capacity building activities to make Thai companies more competitive in the solar market. To this end, the cooperation with BMWi is very helpful to benefit from German company’s experience in the sector”, introduced Mr. Thammayot Srichuai, Acting-Director General of DEDE the event. To achieve these goals, 8 expert trainers delivered technical training sessions to 55 participants from Thai solar companies during the 3-day-course. The trainers came from TÜV Rheinland, juwi, SMA, Conergy, Consulectra, ILF Consulting Engineers , TPVA and DEDE. The sessions focused on design and requirements, quality considerations, 3rd party verification, project economics and financing as well as commissioning, documentation, fault detection and other topics. On the third day, the group went on a site-visit to the DEDE Energy Conservation Building to get an impression of the grid-connected PV system installed.
The TGSTW was part of a series of events supported by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) aiming at contributing to a sustainable solar market development in Thailand where German solar power experts shared their know-how with Thai companies. Since the Thai Government has announced to reach the country’s target of 3,000 MW of installed solar capacity by the end of next year instead of 2021, more and more Thai companies are tapping the solar rooftop as well as the solar farm business. The German Government supports these events so that Thai companies can benefit from German technology and experiences to ensure high-quality solar installations in Thailand.
Subsequent to the training week, a German business delegation trip to Thailand on “Grid-Connected Photovoltaics” took place October 13-17. This business trip was highlighted by a Thai-German Technology Conference on “Grid-Connected Photovoltaics in Thailand” on October 13. More than 150 industry experts attended the event at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park Hotel to discuss latest market developments, new business models and technology cooperation. During the week, the German companies continued to share their knowledge in individual meetings with the Thai companies discussed potential business partnerships and joint projects.