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Title:
 
Possibilities and Challenges of Thermal Transient Testing as a Characterization Method for Photovoltaic Devices
 
Author(s):
 
B. Plesz, P.G. Szab√≥, D. Dudola, G. Hantos, S. Ress
 
Keywords:
 
Solar Module, Thermal Characterization, Thermal Transient Testing
 
Topic:
 
OPERATIONS, PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY OF PHOTOVOLTAICS (FROM CELLS TO SYSTEMS)
Subtopic: PV Modules
Event: 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 5AV.6.31
 
Pages:
 
2031 - 2034
ISBN: 3-936338-39-6
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20152015-5AV.6.31
 
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Abstract/Summary:


The thermal behaviour of mass production terrestrial solar modules is a somehow neglected but very important issue of photovoltaics. Despite its significant influence on the power generation, the thermal properties of solar modules are mostly not taken into account in daily applications. In recent literature thermal transient testing was suggested as a possible solution to proper thermal characterization of photovoltaic devices. In this paper we give a short overview on the known issues of the thermal transient testing of photovoltaic devices and address the issue of the variation of the structure function at different heating currents as well as the influence of the initial degradation of amorphous solar cells on the measurement results. It is shown that for small current densities the increasing forward driving current (i.e. the heating current) can have a strong influence on the size of the active area that on the other hand determines the volume of the heat path. Due to this an increasing heating current results in the decrease of the junction to ambient thermal resistance, with the thermal resistance converging to a minimum value at high heating currents. The phenomenon was also investigated by Kelvin probe potential mapping. In addition it was investigated how the initial degradation of amorphous silicon solar cells effect the results of the thermal transient measurement.