Avancis' PowerMax CIS PV modules have passed the ammonia test conducted by German certification body TÜV Saarland. With this demonstration of their long-term resistance to the corrosive gas, the glass-glass panels are certified as particularly suitable for use in agricultural applications.
Ammonia occurs in higher concentrations in the farming sector, especially where livestock are kept. Over time, ammonia salts are formed, which are deposited on the modules and can have a very aggressive effect. There is the risk of ammonia molecules penetrating inside the units, causing the conductor circuits to corrode and leading to possible impaired performance, reduced yields, and early aging. In Avancis case, the company's modules were exposed to elevated ammonia loads, without suffering any notable performance losses.
“By passing the ammonia test, our solar modules have once again proved their exceptional quality and durability under extreme conditions,” stated Tom Clarius, quality director at Avancis. “This certification enables us to give all farmers peace of mind in the long term that they have backed the right horse in choosing our quality products.”
Avancis thin-film PV modules have already passed the salt mist corrosion test conducted by TÜV Saarland in compliance with IEC 61701, which means that the panels are suitable for use in salt-heavy coastal areas.