Dr. Michael D. Kempe
at National Renewable Energy Lab
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Chair | Editor | Author | Instructor
Publications (12)

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 23, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10370, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X
KEYWORDS: Photovoltaics, Polymers, Solar cells, Reliability, Raman spectroscopy, Optical inspection, Colorimetry, Infrared spectroscopy

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | August 23, 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10370, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X
KEYWORDS: Photovoltaics, FT-IR spectroscopy, Spectroscopy, Solar cells, Humidity, Climatology, Positron emission tomography

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | November 2, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9938, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems IX
KEYWORDS: Data modeling, Polymers, Solar cells, Nondestructive evaluation, Data acquisition, Meteorology, Feature selection, Climatology, Performance modeling, Atmospheric modeling

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | November 2, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9938, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems IX
KEYWORDS: Photovoltaics, Data modeling, Metals, Glasses, Climate change, Humidity, Finite element methods, Meteorology, Atmospheric modeling, Temperature metrology

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | September 26, 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9938, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems IX
KEYWORDS: Photovoltaics, Visualization, Opacity, Polymers, Glasses, Ultraviolet radiation, Solar cells, Calcium, Humidity, Adhesives

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Conference Committee Involvement (2)
New Concepts in Solar and Thermal Radiation Conversion and Reliability
19 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X
6 August 2017 | San Diego, California, United States
Course Instructor
SC910: Design and Reliability of Photovoltaic Modules
Photovoltaic module design draws on knowledge from many disciplines: optical, electronic, mechanical and quality engineering. This course provides attendees with a basic working knowledge of photovoltaic (PV) module design and reliability. A brief summary of the Physics of Failure of Electronic Packages will be presented. The history of PV module field failures will be presented along with a description of how this field experience has been utilized to develop more reliable modules and accelerated stress tests to more rapidly evaluate module performance. The concept of qualification testing will be introduced with a discussion on its usefulness and limitations. Typical module configurations will be presented along with a discussion of the criteria utilized for component selection within these configurations. A number of examples based on commercial module construction will be used to illustrate these points. The long term reliability, degradation rates and lifetime for the present day commercial modules will be discussed.
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