How Standards Control Module Design for Better or Worse (Presentation): NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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Abstract

One would hope that PV modules are designed for survival in the outdoors. However, it appears that some module types are really designed to pass the qualification (IEC 61216/61646) and safety (IEC 61730 and UL 1703) tests. While this has resulted in an overall increase in module reliability and a reduction in infant mortality, it may not result in the most cost-effective solution for long-termreliability and minimum power degradation. This paper will provide several examples of module types and even solar cells designed to pass the tests that do not result in good cost-effective long-term solutions for outdoor performance. This presentation is meant to stimulate a discussion about how to remedy this situation and improve the overall PV industry.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

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

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5200-51007

Keywords

  • degradation
  • module
  • PV
  • standards

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