Durability and Reliability of Polymers and Other Materials in Photovoltaic Modules
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Durability and Reliability of Polymers and Other Materials in Photovoltaic Modules describes the durability and reliability behavior of polymers used in Si-photovoltaic modules and systems, particularly in terms of physical aging and degradation process/mechanisms, characterization methods, accelerated exposure chamber and testing, module level testing and service life prediction. The book compares polymeric materials to traditional materials used in solar applications, explaining the degradation pathways of the different elements of a photovoltaic module, including encapsulant, front sheet, back sheet, wires and connectors, adhesives, sealants and more. The book shows degradation causes and the specific influence this degradation has on materials and overall PV performance.

The book also shows the tests needed for the evaluation of polymer degradation and aging, as well as accelerated tests to aid in materials selection. Demand for photovoltaics continues to grow worldwide, and polymer photovoltaics can offer significantly lower production costs compared to earlier approaches. This has the potential to significantly improve the value proposition of solar energy; however, photovoltaic module lifetime and degradation mechanisms are of significant importance. Providing practical guidance, as well as giving an outlook on the future of materials in photovoltaic applications, the book is the first comprehensive reference work in the area of photovoltaic polymer durability.
- 1. Introduction to Solar Photovoltaic Cells
- 2. Criteria for the Selection of PV Cell Components
- 3. Overview: Power Degradation and Failure of PV Systems
- 4. Overview: durability vs. reliability of common PV polymers/materials
- 5. Degradation Science and Pathways of PV Systems
- 6. Degradation processes of PV cells and interconnect
- 7. Degradation process and mechanism of Encapsulant
- 8. Degradation process and mechanism of Back Sheet
- 9. Unique aspects of BIPV Durability & Reliability, including roof integration
- 10. Degradation processes and mechanisms of PV Wires and Connectors
- 11. Degradation processes and mechanisms of PV System Adhesives/Sealants and Junction Boxes
- 12. Accelerated environmental chambers and testing of PV: Q-Lab, Atlas and SPHERE
- 13. Results of Module Level Testing
- 14. Service Life Prediction of PV via materials degradation
- 15. Future Perspectives
Hsinjin Yang is the President of Pioneer Scientific Solutions, LLC, a consulting company offering solutions for polymers and materials in the areas of materials flammability science and technology, durability of photovoltaic materials, long term aging performance and service life prediction, biomedical devices, and more. He has more than 27 years of experience of R&D, product and business development, quality/regulatory/safety issues and management in the area of polymers/materials science and engineering.

Roger French is the F. Alex Nason Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He is the founder of the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Center, a world class-research center dedicated to lifetime and degradation science. He previously worked in Central Research and Development at DuPont, and was Adjunct Professor of Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Laura Bruckman is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently working at the Solar Durability and Lifetime Extension Centre at Case Western, with specific research interests in quantitative spectroscopy, data science and analytics, polymer material degradation, and photovoltaics.