Photovoltaic Module Imaging for Hail Damage Assessment with Multi-Year Follow Up

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Outdoor-aged photovoltaic modules that have experienced golf-ball sized hail are characterized by flash testing and photoluminescence, electroluminescence, thermal, and ultraviolet fluorescence imaging. These measurements were performed immediately after the hailstorm and then again after another two years and four years in the field. The modules originally experienced different ranges of hail damage with some having cracks on approximately half of the cells and some having few to no cracked cells. Flash testing shows that the hail-damaged modules with the most cracked cells have 3 to 4% less power than those with the least damage. After four more years in the outdoor climate of Golden, Colorado since the hailstorm, all of the modules still exhibit similar relative power and amounts of cell cracking, suggesting that the hail damage has only initially reduced power but has not yet increased the degradation rate.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the 48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 48), 20-25 June 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5K00-80227


  • electroluminescence
  • imaging
  • photovoltaic cells
  • reliability


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