Polycrystalline Thin-Film Module and System Performance

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The Module and System Performance and Engineering Project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducts in-situ technical evaluations of photovoltaic (PV) modules and systems (arrays). These evaluations on module/array performance and stability are conducted at the NREL Photovoltaic Outdoor Test Facility (OTF) in Golden, CO (See Figure 1). The modules and arrays are located at 39.7degrees N latitude, 105.2 degrees W longitude, and at 1,782 meters elevation. Currently, two polycrystalline thin-film technologies are the focus of the research presented here. The module structures are copper indium diselenide (CIS) from Siemens Solar Industries and cadmium telluride (CdTe) from Solar Cells, Inc. The research team is attempting to correlate individual module performance witharray performance for these two polycrystalline thin-film technologies. This is done by looking at module and array performance over time. Also, temperature coefficients are determined at both the module and array level.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1995
EventPV Performance and Reliability Workshop - Golden, Colorado
Duration: 7 Sep 19958 Sep 1995


ConferencePV Performance and Reliability Workshop
CityGolden, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-411-20352


  • array performance
  • cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic solar cells modules
  • copper indium diselenide (CIS)
  • module performance
  • polycrystalline thin films
  • temperature coefficients


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