Sustainable Energy Technologies Seminar
"Photovoltaic Reliability: An Overview on Systems, Modules and Cells"
Presented by Alessandra Colli
Thursday, June 20, 2013, 11 am
ISB Bldg 734 - 2nd Floor Seminar Room #201
The accelerated evolution of grids towards an extensive integration of photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy sources requires the deployment of reliable PV devices, while aiming at minimizing costs of operation and maintenance. Reliability investigations involve failures and degradation mechanisms. The presentation will propose an overview of reliability issues along the line from PV systems to modules and cells. The presentation will be concluded with considerations on existing IEC standards to test and qualify PV modules, but still not fundamentally addressing reliability.