PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) confirmed that Suniva received the highest level of certification as a PID-free module manufacturer under PVEL’s potential induced degradation testing programme. PVEL created the PID Certification programme as a way to give manufacturers and project investors insight into how PV products withstand common causes of performance degradation and module failure.
“Suniva’s PVEL PID certification is a testament to the quality and reliability we build into our high powered cells and modules, assuring our customers of consistent power output,” said Jon O’Neill, senior module engineer at Suniva.
PVEL noted that its engineers measured the stability of the Suniva panels electrical output when exposed to high system voltages (positive and negative 1kV) under harsh environmental conditions (85˚C at 85% relative humidity) for 600 hours. According to results, Suniva’s modules performed better than the allowable degradation limit.
“We simulate system voltage stresses that an installed module endures and evaluate both positive and negative grounding effects so manufacturers and power plant owners can have confidence the modules are being deployed in appropriate system configurations,” said Jenya Meydbray, co-founder and CEO of PVEL. “Through our innovative new testing programs we strive to increase PV quality standards within the industry and mitigate technology risk for project investors.”