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|Title:||Results of the International PV Module Quality Assurance Forum and the Road Ahead|
|Authors:||SAMPLE Tony; KURTZ Sarah; WOHLGEMUTH John; YAMAMICHI Masaaki; AMANO James; HACKE Peter; KEMPE Michael; KONDO Michio; DOI Takuya; OTANI Kenji|
|Citation:||The 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition p. 3661-3664|
|Type:||Contributions to Conferences|
|Abstract:||Currently, no test can quantify a module’s lifetime with confidence, but stress tests are routinely used to differentiate PV product designs. This paper evaluates the need for quality assurance (QA) standards and outlines a path for creating these via the International PV Module QA Forum, which was held in San Francisco July 15-16 2011. The Forum resulted in the formation of five Task Groups to work on the following areas; Task Group 1: PV QA Guideline for manufacturing consistency; Task Group 2: PV QA Testing for thermal and mechanical fatigue including vibration; Task Group 3: PV QA Testing for humidity, temperature, and voltage; Task Group 4: PV QA Testing for diodes, shading and reverse bias; Task Group 5: PV QA Testing for UV, temperature and humidity.|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for Energy and Transport|
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