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PID issues in thin-film PV plants

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By Thomas Weber, PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG (PI Berlin); Steven Xuereb, PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG (PI Berlin); Cyril Hinz, PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG (PI Berlin); Mathias Leers, PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG (PI Berlin); Lars Podlowski, PI Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG (PI Berlin)

Nowadays, there is a worldwide production capacity of about 5GW of thin-film module technology. In total, an estimated cumulative installed capacity of 15 to 24GW exists (5-8% of 300GW installed
worldwide in 2016). But how serious is the threat of PID in this thin-film fleet?

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Welcome to the 38th edition of Photovoltaics International. There is every sign that 2018 is going to be a huge year for the industry as manufacturers continue investing in new tools and technologies. We will doubtless see many of the innovations whose evolution has been documented in these pages becoming increasingly mainstream. Sticking with bifacial solar, Fraunhofer ISE takes a wide-ranging look at a number of challenges surrounding the technology’s leap to widespread deployment. The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and Meyer Burger Technology AG present a novel bifacial module architecture. The University of New South Wales, Trina Solar and BT Imaging give a suggestion for predicting the variation in multicrystalline cell performance by measuring the bulk lifetime of ingots. We also have a look at PV recycling and lifecycle management from First Solar, PI Berlin’s assessment of PID issues in thin-film solar and TongWei presents a roadmap for PERC cells with 22% efficiency.

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