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Field failure mechanisms for photovoltaic modulesBeginning in 1976, Department of Energy field centers have installed and monitored a number of field tests and application experiments using current state-of-the-art photovoltaic modules. On-site observations of module physical and electrical degradation, together with in-depth laboratory analysis of failed modules, permits an overall assessment of the nature and causes of early field failures. Data on failure rates are presented, and key failure mechanisms are analyzed with respect to origin, effect, and prospects for correction. It is concluded that all failure modes identified to date are avoidable or controllable through sound design and production practices.
Document ID
19820061558
Document Type
Conference Proceedings
Authors
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
January 1, 1981
Subject Category
ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Meeting Information
Photovoltaic Specialists Conference(Kissimmee, FL)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other