Activation Energy Determination for Photovoltaic Encapsulant Discoloration by Indoor Accelerated UV Testing

Archana Sinha, Deepak Kumar, Michael Kempe, Dirk Jordan, Govinda Samy Tamizh Mani

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Abstract

A novel methodology for determining the activation energy of photovoltaic encapsulant discoloration using an indoor accelerated ultraviolet (UV) stress test while simultaneously maintaining multiple module temperatures in a single weathering chamber is presented. The testing was performed on some fresh mini-modules with a glass/EVA/cell/EVA/backsheet construction. The short-circuit current degradation from individual cells was used to quantify transmittance losses due to discoloration. Activation energy determined using indoor accelerated UV test data and Modified Arrhenius model ranges from 26 to 44 kJ/mol (0.27 to 0.46 eV). Activation energy was also determined from the outdoor field degradation data by employing different physical models that consider the individual or combined effects of key environmental factors. The approach here is instrumental to evaluating the reliability studies on encapsulant degradation mechanisms using relatively less time and resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1336-1341
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685297
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018
Event7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC

Other

Other7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period6/10/186/15/18

Keywords

  • Arrhenius model
  • accelerated testing
  • activation energy
  • degradation
  • encapsulant discoloration
  • photovoltaic module

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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