Ultraviolet Fluorescence Bleaching Rates for New Cell Cracks

William Hobbs, Steve Johnston, Braden Gilleland

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Abstract

Ultraviolet Fluorescence (UVF) is an inspection tool that can be used to identify cell cracks in some photovoltaic (PV) modules. Cell cracks can also be identified with electroluminescence (EL) and similar techniques, but it is generally not possible to differentiate new cracks from old ones with EL. UVF has a unique property of taking time for the cracks to show up, which could be used to differentiate new cracks (e.g., from a recent storm) from old ones (e.g., from installation damage). We perform tests on several different modules, some the same make and model but with different bill of materials (BOMs), to characterize the amount of time that it takes for crack signatures to progress in UVF.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages2350-2355
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Jun 2020
Event47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020 - Calgary, Canada
Duration: 15 Jun 202021 Aug 2020

Conference

Conference47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityCalgary
Period15/06/2021/08/20

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 IEEE.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5K00-76751

Keywords

  • cell cracks
  • PV Inspection
  • storm damage
  • ultraviolet fluorescence
  • UVF

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