PV Module Reliability R&D Project Overview

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Abstract

The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program includes a sub-key activity entitled 'Photovoltaic Module Reliability R&D.' This activity has been in existence for several years to help ensure that the PV technologies that advance to the commercial module stage have acceptable service lifetimes and annual performance degradation rates. The long-term (2020) goal, as stated in the Solar ProgramMulti-Year Technical Plan[1], is to assist industry with the development of PV systems that have 30-year service lifetimes and 1% annual performance degradation rates. The corresponding module service lifetimes and annual performance degradation rate would have to be 30 years lifetime and approximately 0.5% (or less, depending on the type of PV system) annual performance degradation. Reachingthis goal is critical to achieving the PV technology Levelized Energy Cost Targets, as listed and described in the Solar Program Multi-Year Technical Plan. This paper is an overview of the Module Reliability R&D sub-key activity. More details and the major results and accomplishments are covered in the papers presented in the PV Module Reliability Session of the DOE Solar Energy TechnologyReview Meeting, October 25-28, 2004, in Denver, Colorado.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2005
Event2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 25 Oct 200428 Oct 2004

Conference

Conference2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting
CityDenver, Colorado
Period25/10/0428/10/04

Bibliographical note

Presented at the 2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting, 25-28 October 2004, Denver, Colorado. Also included in the proceedings available on CD-ROM (DOE/GO-102005-2067; NREL/CD-520-37140)

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-520-37031

Keywords

  • industry
  • module reliability
  • performance degradation rate
  • PV
  • research and development (R&D)
  • service lifetime
  • systems driven approach

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