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Results of the International PV Module Quality Assurance Forum and the Road Ahead
T. Sample, S. Kurtz, J. Wohlgemuth, M. Yamamichi, J. Amano, P. Hacke, M. Kempe, M. Kondo, T. Doi, K. Otani
Photovoltaic (PV) Module, Qualification and Testing, Reliability, Durability
Components for PV Systems
Subtopic: PV Modules
Event: 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 4AV.2.60
3661 - 3664
ISBN: 3-936338-27-2
Paper DOI: 10.4229/26thEUPVSEC2011-4AV.2.60
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Currently, no test can quantify a module’s lifetime with confidence, but stress tests are routinely used to differentiate PV product designs. This paper evaluates the need for quality assurance (QA) standards and outlines a path for creating these via the International PV Module QA Forum, which was held in San Francisco July 15-16 2011. The Forum resulted in the formation of five Task Groups to work on the following areas; Task Group 1: PV QA Guideline for manufacturing consistency; Task Group 2: PV QA Testing for thermal and mechanical fatigue including vibration; Task Group 3: PV QA Testing for humidity, temperature, and voltage; Task Group 4: PV QA Testing for diodes, shading and reverse bias; Task Group 5: PV QA Testing for UV, temperature and humidity.