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Failure assessments of PV systems demonstrate the importance of elective quality assurance

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By Dipl. Ing. Annett Sepanski; Dipl. Ing. Uwe Hupach; Dipl. Ing. Willi Vaaßen; Dipl. Phys. Jörg Schmauder; Prof. Dr. Ansgar Steland; Thomas C. Sauer heads; Dipl. soc.sc., Dipl. ec. Georg Fischer; Dr. Andreas Sommer; M.Sc. E. Sovetkin

In a four-year project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and
Energy, a consortium of German experts assessed the quality of actual PV power installations.
The researchers now report on how the effects of several common module failures on module and
string performance highlight the importance of consistent quality assurance to prevent risks to
financial success

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