“CSA/ANSI C450 is the first publicly available standard to address extended stress testing of PV modules beyond that required for safety certification and qualification,” said Dana Parmenter, CSA Group’s VP of industrial.
Parmenter said CSA/ANSI C450 consists of a portfolio of extended environmental tests including temperature cycling, damp heat exposure, mechanical load testing, UV exposure and PID (Potential Induced Degradation) testing. The test protocols were established because of their effectiveness in replicating actual field failure experiences.
“This is a significant milestone demonstrating the robustness of our technology,” said Lou Trippel, First Solar’s VP of product management.
Trippel noted that Series 6 attained IEC and UL certification earlier this year, and that CSA/ANSI C450 is the third of three major independent laboratory tests successfully completed in 2018 that support Series 6 reliability and durability in extreme conditions. In October, VDE completed successful Thresher Test evaluation of the Series 6 module, and successful Long Term Sequential testing followed in November.