International PV QA Task Force's Proposed Comparative Rating System for PV Modules: Preprint
The International PV Quality Assurance Task Force is developing a rating system that provides comparative information about the relative durability of PV modules. Development of accelerated stress tests that can provide such comparative information is seen as a major step toward being able to predict PV module service life. This paper will provide details of the ongoing effort to determine the format of such an overall module rating system. The latest proposal is based on using three distinct climate zones as defined in IEC 60721-2-1 for two different mounting systems. Specific stresses beyond those used in the qualification tests are being developed for each of the selected climate zones.
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- Conference: Presented at SPIE Solar Energy + Technology, 17-21 August 2014, San Diego, California
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- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
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- United States
- 14 SOLAR ENERGY SOLAR; PHOTOVOLTAIC; PV; QUALITY; RATING; RELIABILITY; STRESS TEST; SERVICE LIFE PREDICTION; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics
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