Service Lifetime Prediction for Encapsulated Photovoltaic Cells/Minimodules

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The overall purposes of this paper are to elucidate the crucial importance of predicting the service lifetime (SLP) for photovoltaics (PV) modules and to present an outline for developing a SLP methodology for encapsulated PV cells and minimodules. The specific objectives are (a) to illustrate the generic nature of SLP for several types of solar energy conversion or conservation devices, (b) tosummarize the major durability issues concerned with these devices, (c) to justify using SLP in the triad of cost, performance, and durability instead of only durability, (d) to define and explain the seven major elements that comprise a generic SLP methodology, (e) to provide background about implementing the SLP methodology for PV cells and minimodules including the complexity of theencapsulation problems, (f) to summarize briefly the past focus of our task for improving and/or replacing ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) as a PV pottant, and (g) to provide an outline of our present and future studies using encapsulated PV cells and minimodules for improving the encapsulation of PV cells and predicitng a service lifetime for them using the SLP methodology outlined in objective(d). By using this methodology, our major conclusion is that predicting the service lifetime of PV cells and minimodules is possible.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 1997
EventNREL/SNL Photovoltaics Program Review: 14th Conference - Lakewood, Colorado
Duration: 18 Nov 199622 Nov 1996


ConferenceNREL/SNL Photovoltaics Program Review: 14th Conference
CityLakewood, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-510-22572


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