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Author Hacke, Peter.

Title Research opportunities in reliability of photovoltaic modules [electronic resource] / Peter Hacke.

Imprint [Golden, Colo.] : National Renewable Energy Laboratory, [2010]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  E 9.22:NREL/PR-520-49001    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (17 slides p.) : col. ill.
Series NREL/PR ; 520-49001
NREL/PR ; 520-49001.
Note Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 30, 2011).
"Catalyzing Innovation in PV Manufacturing - An NSF Workshop, May 6-7th, 2010, Golden, CO."
"National Center for Photovoltaics."
Published through the Information Bridge: DOE Scientific and Technical Information.
Hacke, P.
Summary The motivation for an increased scope and a more proactive effort in reliability research of photovoltaic modules and systems includes reducing the levelized cost of energy and gaining better confidence in the energy and financial payback for photovoltaic systems. This increased reliability and confidence will lead to greater penetration of photovoltaics in the energy portfolio and greater employment in photovoltaics and related industries. Present research needs include the fundamental degradation mechanisms of polymers, connectors and other module components, mapping of failure mechanisms observed in the field to those in accelerated lifetime tests, determining the acceleration factors, and improving standards for modules such that tests can appropriately be assigned to evaluate their long term durability. Specific mechanisms discussed are corrosion in module components, metastability in thin-film active layers, delamination and loss of elastic properties in module polymeric materials, and inverter failure. Presently, there is hiring of reliability scientists and engineers at many levels of the value chain for photovoltaics.
Funding AC36-08GO28308
Subject Chains.
Solar Energy.
Photovoltaic power generation -- Research.
Photovoltaic power systems -- Reliability.
Photovoltaic power systems -- Corrosion.
Indexed Term Photovoltaics Pv Modules Research Opportunities Pv Reliability Solar Energy - Photovoltaics
Added Author National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
National Center for Photovoltaics (U.S.)
United States. Department of Energy. Sponsor.
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information. Distributor.
Standard No. DOX 986685
Gpo Item No. 0430-P-09 (online)
Sudoc No. E 9.22:NREL/PR-520-49001

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