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Solar-cell interconnect design for terrestrial photovoltaic modulesUseful solar cell interconnect reliability design and life prediction algorithms are presented, together with experimental data indicating that the classical strain cycle (fatigue) curve for the interconnect material does not account for the statistical scatter that is required in reliability predictions. This shortcoming is presently addressed by fitting a functional form to experimental cumulative interconnect failure rate data, which thereby yields statistical fatigue curves enabling not only the prediction of cumulative interconnect failures during the design life of an array field, but also the quantitative interpretation of data from accelerated thermal cycling tests. Optimal interconnect cost reliability design algorithms are also derived which may allow the minimization of energy cost over the design life of the array field.
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Mon, G. R.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Moore, D. M.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Ross, R. G., Jr.
(California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: ASME, Transactions, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering
Volume: 106
ISSN: 0199-6231
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
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