Photovoltaic is a fast moving industry under an extreme time and cost pressure. Besides being a low cost product, the warranties of PV modules exceed 20 years while development cycles are in the range of months. Typical tests to check for infant mortality are in the same time regime. Long term and service life testing is typically not done as it dramatically exceeds the development cycle time and budgets. Novel approaches are needed to keep the pace steady while not sacrificing further quality and long term durability.
In this session, a new approach is presented to enhance the confidence in the PV module while utilizing Finite Element Method (FEM) based simulations to address certain common outdoor stressors. The general approach is presented and illustrated by examples. The FEM plus experimental strategy is generally applicable, however, not all failure modes can be addressed that way.
Taking the material knowledge, the design of a product and the intended mission profile, the approach is not only of interest for manufacturers but also for the downstream markets as it can help to differentiate certain module types for different applications and therefore enhance the development cycle e.g. for local EPC companies.
Please register here: Materials Insights 20 | 21 - Registration - Fraunhofer IMWS
January 25, 2022, 14:00-14:45