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Results of 3 years' PV module weathering in various open-air climates
Author(s): N. Bogdanski; W. Herrmann; F. Reil; M. Köhl; K.-A. Weiss; M. Heck
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Paper Abstract

During the past 3 years crystalline PV modules fabricated by various German manufacturers have been exposed to outdoor conditions in four different climates: warm moderate climate (Cologne, Germany), tropical climate (Serpong, Indonesia), cold high mountain climate (Zugspitze, Germany) and arid conditions (Sede Boqer, Israel). Annual inspections and measurements examined the degradation of these modules with respect to electrical performance, mechanical condition and visible alterations. We give a detailed report of the results after 3 years of weathering, along with the outlook for an extension to new worldwide test locations and for the enhancement of measurement options for long-term characterizations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7773, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems III, 77730L (19 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859807
Show Author Affiliations
N. Bogdanski, TÜV Rheinland Group (Germany)
W. Herrmann, TÜV Rheinland Group (Germany)
F. Reil, TÜV Rheinland Group (Germany)
M. Köhl, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)
K.-A. Weiss, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)
M. Heck, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7773:
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems III
Neelkanth G. Dhere; John H. Wohlgemuth; Kevin Lynn, Editor(s)

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