Standards for PV Modules and Components -- Recent Developments and Challenges: Preprint

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    International standards play an important role in the Photovoltaic industry. Since PV is such a global industry it is critical that PV products be measured and qualified the same way everywhere in the world. IEC TC82 has developed and published a number of module and component measurement and qualification standards. These are continually being updated to take advantage of new techniques andequipment as well as better understanding of test requirements. Standards presently being updated include the third edition of IEC 61215, Crystalline Silicon Qualification and the second edition of IEC 61730, PV Module Safety Requirements. New standards under development include qualification of junction boxes, connectors, PV cables, and module integrated electronics as well as for testing thepackaging used during transport of modules. After many years of effort, a draft standard on Module Energy Rating should be circulated for review soon. New activities have been undertaken to develop standards for the materials within a module and to develop tests that evaluate modules for wear-out in the field (International PV Module QA Task Force). This paper will discuss these efforts andindicate how the audience can participate in development of international standards.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages7
    StatePublished - 2012
    Event27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition - Frankfurt, Germany
    Duration: 24 Sep 201228 Sep 2012


    Conference27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
    CityFrankfurt, Germany

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-5200-56531


    • PV standards
    • qualification and testing
    • safety


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