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Photovoltaic module reliability improvement through application testing and failure analysisDuring the first four years of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Photovoltatic Program, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Low-Cost Solar Array (LSA) Project purchased about 400 kW of photovoltaic modules for test and experiments. In order to identify, report, and analyze test and operational problems with the Block Procurement modules, a problem/failure reporting and analysis system was implemented by the LSA Project with the main purpose of providing manufacturers with feedback from test and field experience needed for the improvement of product performance and reliability. A description of the more significant types of failures is presented, taking into account interconnects, cracked cells, dielectric breakdown, delamination, and corrosion. Current design practices and reliability evaluations are also discussed. The conducted evaluation indicates that current module designs incorporate damage-resistant and fault-tolerant features which address field failure mechanisms observed to date.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Dumas, L. N.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Shumka, A.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 10, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1982
Publication Information
Publication: IEEE Transactions on Reliability
Volume: R-31
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
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