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Nov. 13 and 14, 2013 Building 101, 

Portrait Room National Institute of Standards and Technology

November 13  

8:00

Continental Breakfast

8:30

Welcome, Howard Harary, Acting Director, NIST Engineering Laboratory

Material Testing for PV applications

8:45

Performance and durability of photovoltaic backsheets and comparison to outdoor performance,
Bill Gambogi (DuPont)

9:20

Accelerated UV-Aging of EVA-Based PV Encapsulants and Correlation with Outdoor Exposure of PV Modules,
Jayesh Bokria (STR)

9:55

Break

10:10

Acetic acid production rate in EVA encapsulant and its influence on performance of PV modules,
Tsuyoshi Shioda (Mitsui Chemicals)

10:45

Accelerated Laboratory Testing Using Simultaneous UV Radiation, Temperature and Moisture for PV Polymers,
Xiaohong Gu (NIST)

11:20     

Discussion

12:15

Lunch

Relating Materials Durability to Module Reliability & Safety

1:30

Using Indoor Component Accelerated Stress Testing to Extrapolate to Outdoor Use,
Mike Kempe (NREL)

2:05

Degradation Rates, Safety Failures and Reliability Failures of Fielded PV Modules: Lessons Learned in Hot-Dry Desert Climates,
Mani G. Tamizhmani (Arizona State University)

2:40

Break

2:55

End-to-End (cell-to-module) Reliability of Thin Film Photovoltaics,
Muhammad A. Alam (Purdue University)

3:30

The Challenges in Understanding CIGS Thin Film Cell and Module Reliability,
Raji
Sundaramoorthy (PVMC)

4:05

Discussion

5:00

Adjourn

 

November 14  

8:00

Continental Breakfast

Relating materials durability to module reliability & safety (cont’d)

8:30

Lifetime and Degradation Science of Acrylic and PV Modules: Data Science Approach,
Roger French (CWRU)

9:05

Quantifying PV Module Microclimates, and Translation into Accelerated Weathering Protocols,
Nancy Phillips (3M)

9:40

IEC 62093 – PV Inverter Reliability Test Standard,
T. Paul Parker (SolarBridge)

10:15

Discussion

11:00

Poster session

Experimental Determination of Potential Induced Degradation Acceleration Factors for Various Encapsulants, Test Conditions, and Installation Locations

Accelerated Environmental Aging Effects and In-Situ Functional Testing of Commercial Photovoltaic Modules

Cross-sectional Characterizations of PV Backsheets
and Non-Destructive Tests of PV Modules

Outdoor Field Testing as a Complementary Approach to Accelerated Lifetime Tests

12:00

Lunch

Linking Accelerated Testing With In-Service (Field) Experience

1:15

Determining the Acceleration Rates for PV Module Stress Tests,
John Wohlgemuth (NREL)

1:50

Linking accelerated ageing tests and outdoor testing of PV-modules by non-destructive luminescence spectroscopy of the polymeric encapsulant,
Michael Kohl (Frauhofer ISE) and Beate Roeder (Humboldt University)

2:25

Weather Durability Testing and Failures in terrestrial flat plate PV modules,
Al Zielnik (Atlas)

3:00

Break

3:15

Discussion

3:15

Conformity Assessment:, Introducing IEC RE,
George Kelly

4:00

Wrap-up and adjourn

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