Capabilities of the High Voltage Stress Test System at the Outdoor Test Facility

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Abstract

We illustrate the capabilities of the High Voltage Stress Test (HVST) which operates continuously in the array field east of the Outdoor Test Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Because we know that photovoltaic (PV) modules generating electrical power in both residential and utility-scale array installations will develop high-voltage biases approaching 600 VDC and 1,000 VDC,respectively, we expect such high voltages will result in current leakage between cells and ground, typically through the frames or mounts. We know that inevitably such leakage currents are capable of producing electrochemical corrosion that adversely impacts long-term module performance. With the HVST, we stress or operate PV modules under high-voltage bias, to characterize their leakagecurrents under all prevailing ambient conditions and assess performance changes emanating from high-voltage stress. We perform this test both on single modules and an active array.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 7 Nov 200510 Nov 2005

Conference

Conference2005 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting
CityDenver, Colorado
Period7/11/0510/11/05

Bibliographical note

Presented at the 2005 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting held November 7-10, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. Also included in the proceedings available on CD-ROM (DOE/GO-102006-2245; NREL/CD-520-38557)

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-38955

Keywords

  • defect clusters
  • NREL
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • PV
  • solar

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