8 October 2014 Quantifying PV module microclimates and translation into accelerated weathering protocols
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Long term reliability is not well addressed by current standards for PV modules or components, and developing accelerated weathering stress protocols to test the resistance of key components to wear-out is an active area of research. A first step is to understand and quantify the range of actual stresses modules will encounter in the various mounting configurations and in-service environments. In this paper, we use real-world data to benchmark PV module service environments in hot/dry, hot/wet, and temperate environments, with subsequent analysis to translate the microclimate data into a portfolio of practical weathering instrument settings.
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Nancy H. Phillips, Kurt P. Scott, "Quantifying PV module microclimates and translation into accelerated weathering protocols", Proc. SPIE 9179, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems VII, 91790L (8 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063122; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2063122

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