Evaluation of high-temperature exposure of photovoltaic modules

Sarah Kurtz, Kent Whitfield, Govindasamy Tamizhmani, Michael Koehl, David Miller, James Joyce, John Wohlgemuth, Nick Bosco, Michael Kempe, Timothy Zgonena

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Abstract

Photovoltaic (PV) modules operate at temperatures above ambient owing to the thermal energy of sunlight. The operating temperature primarily depends on the ambient temperature, incident sunlight, mounting configuration, packaging configuration, and wind speed. In this paper, the cumulative thermal degradation is modeled to follow Arrhenius behavior. The data are analyzed to determine the constant temperature that would give average aging equivalent to the variable temperatures observed in the field. These equivalent temperatures are calculated for various locations using six configurations, providing a technical basis for defining accelerated thermal-endurance and -degradation testing. This data may also be useful as a starting point for studies of the combined effects of elevated temperature and other factors such as UV, moisture, and mechanical stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-965
Number of pages12
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume19
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • long-term degradation
  • qualification tests
  • thermal endurance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Evaluation of high-temperature exposure of photovoltaic modules. / Kurtz, Sarah; Whitfield, Kent; Tamizhmani, Govindasamy; Koehl, Michael; Miller, David; Joyce, James; Wohlgemuth, John; Bosco, Nick; Kempe, Michael; Zgonena, Timothy.

In: Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Vol. 19, No. 8, 12.2011, p. 954-965.

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Kurtz, S, Whitfield, K, Tamizhmani, G, Koehl, M, Miller, D, Joyce, J, Wohlgemuth, J, Bosco, N, Kempe, M & Zgonena, T 2011, 'Evaluation of high-temperature exposure of photovoltaic modules', Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, vol. 19, no. 8, pp. 954-965. https://doi.org/10.1002/pip.1103
Kurtz, Sarah ; Whitfield, Kent ; Tamizhmani, Govindasamy ; Koehl, Michael ; Miller, David ; Joyce, James ; Wohlgemuth, John ; Bosco, Nick ; Kempe, Michael ; Zgonena, Timothy. / Evaluation of high-temperature exposure of photovoltaic modules. In: Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 8. pp. 954-965.
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