Co-located Accelerated Testing of Module Level Power Electronics and Associated PV Panels

Jack Flicker, Olga Lavrova, Govinda Samy Tamizh Mani

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Abstract

In order to study the relative degradation between co-located PV modules and microinverters in an ACPV configuration, four 260 Watt PV modules and four 250 W microinverters purchased on the open market have been co-located in a thermal chamber set at a static temperature (69°C). Instantaneous electrical/thermal measurements have been taken on the microinverters with periodic dark IV measurements on the modules. After over 10,000 hours of testing, no failures or observable degradation have been seen in either the module or microinverter. Using average measured field-temperature data with Military Handbook analysis, this indicates an approximate field use of 44 years of operation lifetime for PV modules, and 13 years of operation for microinverters with reliability of 66.87% with a lower one-sided confidence level of 80%.

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.
Pages1273-1277
Number of pages5
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
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period6/10/186/15/18

Keywords

  • DC-AC power converters
  • materials reliability
  • photovoltaic systems
  • power electronics
  • solar panels

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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