Defect and safety inspection of 6 PV technologies from 56,000 modules representing 257,000 modules in 4 climatic regions of the United States

Sai Tatapudi, Cara Libby, Christopher Raupp, Devarajan Srinivasan, Joseph Kuitche, Bulent Bicer, Govindasamy Tamizhmani

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13 Scopus citations

Abstract

Defect and safety inspections were performed on about 56,000 photovoltaic (PV) modules representing 257,000 modules of multiple technologies (mono-Si, poly-Si, a-Si, CdTe and CIGS) aged between 1.3 and 26 years, and operating in four climatic regions (hot-dry, temperate, cold-dry and hot-humid) of the United States. The number (or percentage) and types of defects and safety failures primarily depend on technology, design, installation, climate and age. The results presented in this paper will provide insights into the dominant types of defects and safety failures which are commonly found in multiple climates and that are specific to each climate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1747-1751
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509027248
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 18 2016
Event43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 - Portland, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2016Jun 10 2016

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Volume2016-November
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland
Period6/5/166/10/16

Keywords

  • CIGS
  • CdTe
  • Visual inspection
  • amorphous silicon
  • crystalline silicon
  • performance defects
  • safety failures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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