This marks the fifth time that the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has organized the PV Module Reliability workshop. Having already been hosted in Chambéry and Freiburg, this year the established experts’ meeting is taking place in the UK at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). CREST has been teaching and conducting research in the field of renewable energy systems for 20 years.
On behalf of the organizers, Dr. Michael Köhl (Fraunhofer ISE) and Prof. Ralph Gottschalg (CREST) will speak about type approval, accelerated aging tests, and various degradation factors and mechanisms.
“The renewal of the IEC 61215 and IEC 61646 type approval standards has paved the way for a test standard for PV modules that focuses on service life. We intend to discuss the scientific basis for this in Loughborough,” said Fraunhofer ISE’s Dr. Michael Köhl. Additional speakers from universities and research centers will include Prof. Beate Röder from Humboldt University of Berlin, Prof. Tamizhmani Govindasamy from the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University and John Wohlgemuth from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Meanwhile, company representatives will provide an insight into aspects concerning PV module reliability and quality assurance from the solar industry’s standpoint. The latest developments in potential induced degradation (PID) analysis, Raman spectroscopy, stress mapping and thermomechanics will also be presented and discussed. To view the full workshop program and to register, please visit www.pv-reliability.com.