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Dynamic stress tests on PV modules - derivation of extended stress scenarios

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By Florian Reil, TÜV Rheinland

With current state-of-the-art PV module tests stipulating only a static mechanical load test in accordance with IEC 61215 and IEC 61646 standards, hardly any fatigue stressing is carried out on cells, cell connectors or rigid component parts such as the glass or framing. This paper presents research on dynamic load testing of PV modules and discusses reliability aspects of these essential requirements that must be considered in future standardization work.

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