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Title: Qualification standard for photovoltaic concentrator modules

Abstract

The paper describes a proposed qualification standard for photovoltaic concentrator modules. The standard's purpose is to provide stress tests and procedures to identify any component weakness in photovoltaic concentrator modules intended for power generation applications. If no weaknesses are identified during qualification, both the manufacturer and the customer can expect a more reliable product. The qualification test program for the standard includes thermal cycles, humidity-freeze cycles, water spray, off-axis beam damage, hail impact, hot-spot endurance, as well as electrical tests for performance, ground continuity, isolation, wet insulation resistance, and bypass diodes. Because concentrator module performance can not be verified using solar simulator and reference cell procedures suitable for flat-plate modules, the standard specifies an outdoor I-V test analysis allowing a performance comparison before and after a test procedure. Two options to this complex analysis are the use of a reference concentrator module for side-by-side outdoor comparison with modules undergoing various tests and a dark I-V performance check.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
756244
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-590-28323
TRN: AH200017%%178
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-99GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 16th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, Scotland (GB), 05/01/2000--05/05/2000; Other Information: PBD: 5 May 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; CONCENTRATOR SOLAR CELLS; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PLANTS; PERFORMANCE TESTING; ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES; RELIABILITY; PHOTOVOLTAICS; QUALIFICATION AND TESTING; CONCENTRATOR

Citation Formats

McConnell, R., Kurtz, S., Bottenberg, W. R., Hammond, R., Jochums, S. W., McDanal, A. J., Roubideaux, D., Whitaker, C., and Wohlgemuth, J. Qualification standard for photovoltaic concentrator modules. United States: N. p., 2000. Web.
McConnell, R., Kurtz, S., Bottenberg, W. R., Hammond, R., Jochums, S. W., McDanal, A. J., Roubideaux, D., Whitaker, C., & Wohlgemuth, J. Qualification standard for photovoltaic concentrator modules. United States.
McConnell, R., Kurtz, S., Bottenberg, W. R., Hammond, R., Jochums, S. W., McDanal, A. J., Roubideaux, D., Whitaker, C., and Wohlgemuth, J. Fri . "Qualification standard for photovoltaic concentrator modules". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/756244.
@article{osti_756244,
title = {Qualification standard for photovoltaic concentrator modules},
author = {McConnell, R. and Kurtz, S. and Bottenberg, W. R. and Hammond, R. and Jochums, S. W. and McDanal, A. J. and Roubideaux, D. and Whitaker, C. and Wohlgemuth, J.},
abstractNote = {The paper describes a proposed qualification standard for photovoltaic concentrator modules. The standard's purpose is to provide stress tests and procedures to identify any component weakness in photovoltaic concentrator modules intended for power generation applications. If no weaknesses are identified during qualification, both the manufacturer and the customer can expect a more reliable product. The qualification test program for the standard includes thermal cycles, humidity-freeze cycles, water spray, off-axis beam damage, hail impact, hot-spot endurance, as well as electrical tests for performance, ground continuity, isolation, wet insulation resistance, and bypass diodes. Because concentrator module performance can not be verified using solar simulator and reference cell procedures suitable for flat-plate modules, the standard specifies an outdoor I-V test analysis allowing a performance comparison before and after a test procedure. Two options to this complex analysis are the use of a reference concentrator module for side-by-side outdoor comparison with modules undergoing various tests and a dark I-V performance check.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}

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