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Accelerated UV Testing and Characterization of PV Modules with UV-cut and UV-pass EVA Encapsulants

Abstract Encapsulant is a key packaging component of photovoltaic (PV) modules, which protects the solar cell from physical, environmental and electrical damages. Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) is one of the major encapsulant materials used in the PV industry. This work focuses on indoor accelerated ultraviolet (UV) stress testing and characterization to investigate the EVA discoloration and delamination in PV modules by using various non-destructive characterization techniques, including current-voltage (IV) measurements, UV fluorescence (UVf) and colorimetry measurements. Mini-modules with glass/EVA/cell/EVA/backsheet construction were fabricated in the laboratory with two types of EVA, UV-cut EVA (UVC) and UV-pass EVA (UVP).

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Created Date 2018
Contributor Dolia, Kshitiz (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Green, Matthew (Advisor) / Srinivasan, Devarajan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Chemical engineering / Engineering / Energy / Activation energy / Delamination / Encapsulant discoloration / UV Accelerated testing / UV-cut and UV-pass EVA / UV fluorescence imaging
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 62 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Chemical Engineering 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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