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Methodology for Evaluating Solar Module Encapsulant Materials
H.-H. Hsieh, S.-H. Chen, M.-T. Lai, C.-P. Huang, C.-W. Kuo, T.-M. Kuan, C.-Y. Yu
Temperature Variation, Polymeric Encapsulant, UV Exposure, Humidity Change
Photovoltaic Modules and BoS Components
Subtopic: PV Module Design, Manufacture, Performance and Reliability
Event: 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 4AV.1.8
719 - 722
ISBN: 3-936338-78-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20212021-4AV.1.8
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Document(s): paper, poster


Polymeric encapsulant material is the key to high performance and reliability of solar module. It is known that the most common encapsulant Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) has been widely used in c-Si solar module for past decades. According the literature and reports, it is revealed that most failure modules were caused by the degradation of encapsulant though the solar modules were qualified and certificated with IEC standards, in which only one parameter is controlled during the test, but it is performed in sequence. In fact, a real environment is a complex mixture of UV exposure, temperature variation, and humidity change. And the key factor degrading the EVA performance is still unclear. Therefore, by studying the key factors that cause failure, we can establish accelerated aging test to fast screen the applicability of encapsulant materials. In this research, a methodology for evaluating solar module encapsulant materials is constructed to characterize the reliability and performance.