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International PV QA Task Force's proposed comparative rating system for PV modules

Paper Abstract

The International PV Quality Assurance Task Force is developing a rating system that provides comparative information about the relative durability of PV modules. Development of accelerated stress tests that can provide such comparative information is seen as a major step toward being able to predict PV module service life. This paper will provide details of the ongoing effort to determine the format of such an overall module rating system. The latest proposal is based on using three distinct climate zones as defined in IEC 60721-2-1 for two different mounting systems. Specific stresses beyond those used in the qualification tests are being developed for each of the selected climate zones.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9179, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems VII, 917902 (6 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2067927
Show Author Affiliations
John Wohlgemuth, National Renewable Energy Lab. (United States)
Sarah Kurtz, National Renewable Energy Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9179:
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems VII
Neelkanth G. Dhere, Editor(s)

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