Photovoltaic Module Certification and Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Development

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    This work presents an overview of a model product certification and test laboratory accreditation program for photovoltaic (PV) modules that was recently developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Arizona State University. The specific objective of this project was to produce a document that details the equipment, facilities, quality assurance procedures, and technical expertise anaccredited laboratory needs for performance and qualification testing of PV modules, along with the specific tests needed for a module design to be certified. The document was developed in conjunction with a criteria development committee consisting of representatives from 30 U.S. PV manufacturers, end users, standards and codes organizations, and testing laboratories. The intent is to lay thegroundwork for a future U.S. PV certification and accreditation program that will be beneficial to the PV industry as a whole.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages (from-to)629-636
    Number of pages8
    JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
    Issue number1-4
    StatePublished - 1996

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/JA-412-7698


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