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Author Kurtz, S. R.

Title Photovoltaic-reliability R&D toward a solar-powered world [electronic resource] : preprint / S. Kurtz, J. Granata and M. Quintana.

Imprint Golden, CO : National Renewable Energy Laboratory, [2009]


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 Axe Federal Documents Online  E 9.17:NREL/CP-520-44886    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (12 p.) : col. ill.
Series Conference paper ; NREL/CP-520-44886
Conference paper (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 520-44886.
Note Title from title screen (viewed August 11, 2009).
"August 2009."
"To be presented at the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Solar Energy + Technology Conference, San Diego, California, August 2-6, 2009."
Summary The continued exponential growth of photovoltaic technologies paves a path to a solar-powered world, but requires continued progress toward low-cost, high-reliability, and high-performance PV systems. High reliability is an essential element in achieving low-cost solar electricity by reducing operation and maintenance (O&M) costs and by extending system lifetime and availability, but these attributes are difficult to verify at the time of installation. Utilities, financiers, homeowners, and planners are demanding this information in order to evaluate their financial risk as a prerequisite to large investments. Reliability research and development (R&D) is needed to build market connfidence by improving product reliability and by improving predictions of system availability, O&M cost, and system lifetime. Universities, industry, National Labs, and other research entities can be most effective by working together and in complementary ways. The Department of Energy supports a variety of research projects to improve PV-system reliability. These projects and current reliability issues for each PV technology are surveyed.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 11-12).
Subject Photovoltaic power generation -- Research.
Solar energy industries.
Added Author Granata, Jennifer.
Quintana, M.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
Added Title Photovoltaic-reliability R and D toward a solar-powered world
Gpo Item No. 0430-P-04 (online)
Sudoc No. E 9.17:NREL/CP-520-44886

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