Chapter 3: Photovoltaic Module Stability and Reliability

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Profits realized from investment in photovoltaic will benefit from decades of reliable operation. Service life prediction through accelerated tests is only possible if indoor tests duplicate power loss and failure modes observed in fielded systems. Therefore, detailing and quantifying power loss and failure modes is imperative. In the first section, we examine recent trends in degradation rates, the gradual power loss observed for different technologies, climates and other significant factors. In the second section, we provide a summary of the most commonly observed failure modes in fielded systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Performance of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: Modelling, Measurement and Assessment
Subtitle of host publicationWoodhead Publishing Series in Energy: Number 105
EditorsN. Pearsall
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781782423546
ISBN (Print)9781782423362
StatePublished - 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CH-5J00-65474


  • Aging
  • Degradation rates
  • Durability
  • Failures
  • Field test
  • Reliability


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