Modeling Current Transfer from PV Modules Based on Meteorological Data

Peter Hacke, Ryan Smith, Sarah Kurtz, Dirk Jordan, John Wohlgemuth

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Current transferred from the active cell circuit to ground in modules undergoing potential-induced degradation (PID) stress is analyzed with respect to meteorological data. Duration and coulombs transferred as a function of whether the module is wet (from dew or rain) or the extent of uncondensed surface humidity are quantified based on meteorological indicators. With this, functions predicting the mode and rate of coulomb transfer are developed for use in estimating the relative PID stress associated with temperature, moisture, and system voltage in any climate. Current transfer in a framed crystalline silicon module is relatively high when there is no condensed water on the module, whereas current transfer in a thin-film module held by edge clips is not, and displays a greater fraction of coulombs transferred when wet compared to the framed module in the natural environment.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 18 Nov 2016
Event43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 - Portland, United States
Duration: 5 Jun 201610 Jun 2016


Conference43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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© 2016 IEEE.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5J00-65812


  • climate
  • durability
  • modeling
  • photovoltaic modules
  • PID
  • Potential-induced degradation
  • weather


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