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Title: 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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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1159383
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5J00-62846
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at SPIE Solar Energy + Technology, 17-21 August 2014, San Diego, California
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY SOLAR; PHOTOVOLTAIC; PV; QUALITY; RATING; RELIABILITY; STRESS TEST; SERVICE LIFE PREDICTION; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics