Degradation rate evaluation of multiple PV technologies from 59,000 modules representing 252,000 modules in four climatic regions of the United States

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

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Abstract

With the recent extension of the U.S. federal investment tax credit (ITC), more photovoltaic (PV) power plants are expected to be installed in ever increasing capacities in various climatic regions of the United States over the next few years. While the major industry-leading technology has been mono- and poly- crystalline silicon (c-Si), great strides in the commercial development of other PV technologies (such as cadmium telluride [CdTe] and heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer [HIT]) have been made, and a number of power plants are now being powered by these other technologies. In this study, performance and reliability data of strings and modules were collected from the fielded power plants consisting of different module technologies (mono-Si, poly-Si, HIT, amorphous Si [a-Si], CdTe and copper indium gallium diselenide [CIGS]). The collected data were analyzed to determine the degradation rates in different climatological regions of the United States. This paper evaluates the degradation rates of approximately 59,000 PV modules from 26 operational PV power plants in various climatological regions of the U.S. (Arizona-Hot-dry; California-Temperate; ColoradoTemperate; New York-Cold-dry; Texas-Hot-humid).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509056057
DOIs
StatePublished - May 25 2018
Event44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

Other

Other44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period6/25/176/30/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Raupp, C., Libby, C., Tatapudi, S., Srinivasan, D., Kuitche, J., Bicer, B., & Tamizhmani, G. (2018). Degradation rate evaluation of multiple PV technologies from 59,000 modules representing 252,000 modules in four climatic regions of the United States. In 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 (pp. 1-6). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2017.8366611