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Title:
 
Results of the International PV Module Quality Assurance Forum and the Road Ahead
 
Author(s):
 
T. Sample, S. Kurtz, J. Wohlgemuth, M. Yamamichi, J. Amano, P. Hacke, M. Kempe, M. Kondo, T. Doi, K. Otani
 
Keywords:
 
Photovoltaic (PV) Module, Qualification and Testing, Reliability, Durability
 
Topic:
 
Components for PV Systems
Subtopic: PV Modules
Event: 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 4AV.2.60
 
Pages:
 
3661 - 3664
ISBN: 3-936338-27-2
Paper DOI: 10.4229/26thEUPVSEC2011-4AV.2.60
 
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Document(s): paper
 

Abstract/Summary:


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.