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Impact of installation handling on cell cracks and power loss of PV modules

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By Marc Köntges, Michael Siebert, ISFH; Nicole Bessing, Romy Illing & Frank Wegert, Hanwha Q CELLS

PV modules are subjected to various loads during installation handling. Research teams from the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and Hanwha Q CELLS attended the installations of PV modules in order to develop various test sequences for quantifying the effects of handling loads on the modules. As a result of these observations, lab tests have been designed to evaluate the impact of module-handling loads on cell cracking in the modules. Some rules for module handling are subsequently proposed.

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This issue of PV Tech Power explores how the solar industry can capitalise on the momentum from December’s Paris climate agreement, and the policy and finance levers it must pull to cement its place as a major global energy source. We also feature a series of articles focusing on Japan, whose future growth as a solar end market looks less certain than it has in recent years as it encounters political headwinds. We also feature the usual in-depth offering of technical briefings, with module handling, large-scale storage deployment and PV forecasting among the key themes in this edition.

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