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Characterization and Analysis of Long Term Field Aged Photovoltaic Modules and Encapsulant Materials

Abstract Photovoltaic (PV) module degradation is a well-known issue, however understanding the mechanistic pathways in which modules degrade is still a major task for the PV industry. In order to study the mechanisms responsible for PV module degradation, the effects of these degradation mechanisms must be quantitatively measured to determine the severity of each degradation mode. In this thesis multiple modules from three climate zones (Arizona, California and Colorado) were investigated for a single module glass/polymer construction (Siemens M55) to determine the degree to which they had degraded, and the main factors that contributed to that degradation. To explain the loss in power, various nondestructive and destructive techniques were used to ... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Chicca, Matthew (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Rogers, Bradley (Committee member) / Srinivasan, Devarajan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Engineering / Chemistry / Materials Science / Degradation / Encapsulant / Performance / Photovoltaic modules / Reliability
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 69 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Engineering 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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