10 September 2008 Outdoor monitoring of a-Si:H thin film photovoltaic modules in the hot and humid climate of Florida
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Outdoor monitoring of glass to glass a-Si:H thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules by a US manufacturer is carried out in the hot and humid climate of Florida. The modules are monitored under fixed load conditions. Moreover, periodic current-voltage (I-V) characteristics are carried out to validate the performance of PV modules. The data was normalized at standard conditions and compared over a three year period. Two of the modules are biased to ±600 V to study the leakage current. An extensive study of this nature needs to be carried out for prolonged period to accurately predict the useful lifetime of PV modules.
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Ashwani Kaul, Shirish A. Pethe, Neelkanth G. Dhere, "Outdoor monitoring of a-Si:H thin film photovoltaic modules in the hot and humid climate of Florida", Proc. SPIE 7048, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems, 70480X (10 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.799421; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.799421
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