Accelerated Life Testing and Service Lifetime Prediction for PV Technologies in the Twenty-First Century

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Abstract

The purposes of this paper are to (1) discuss the necessity for conducting accelerated life testing (ALT) in the early stages of developing new photovoltaic (PV) technologies, (2) elucidate the crucial importance for combining ALT with real-time testing (RTT) in terrestrial environments for promising PV technologies for the 21st century, and (3) outline the essential steps for making a servicelifetime prediction (SLP) for any PV technology. The specific objectives are to (a) illustrate the essential need for ALT of complete, encapsulated multilayer PV devices, (b) indicate the typical causes of degradation in PV stacks, (c) elucidate the complexity associated with quantifying the durability of the devices, (d) explain the major elements that constitute a generic SLP methodology, (e)show how the introduction of the SLP methodology in the early stages of new device development can reduce the cost of technology development, and (f) outline the procedure for combining the results of ALT and RTT, establishing degradation mechanisms, using sufficient numbers of samples, and applying the SLP methodology to produce a SLP for existing or new PV technologies.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 1999
EventPhotovoltaics for the 21st Century: 195th ECS Meeting - Seattle, Washington
Duration: 2 May 19996 May 1999

Conference

ConferencePhotovoltaics for the 21st Century: 195th ECS Meeting
CitySeattle, Washington
Period2/05/996/05/99

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-26710

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