Correlations in Characteristic Data of Concentrator Photovoltaics (Poster)

Research output: NRELPoster


This study is motivated by a reported 1-2% infant mortality rate in concentrator photovoltaic cell assemblies. Approximately 650 bare III-V multi-junction PV cells were initially characterized via electroluminescence imaging and both light and dark current-voltage responses were recorded. The cells were then packaged into receivers and their IV response again evaluated both before and after anoutdoor high concentration exposure of at least four hours above 750 DNI. Correlations exist between the initial dark IV characteristic and artifacts found in the EL image. Initial results also suggest that artifacts observed in the bare cell may serve as an indicator for early on-sun degradation, though may not be able to predict the infant mortality population.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2011 Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop, 16-17 February 2011, Golden, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5200-51246


  • CPV
  • degradation
  • EL
  • infant mortality
  • IV


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