9th SOPHIA Workshop PV-Module Reliability

May 28th – 29th, 2019
Hotel Weitzer, Graz, Austria


The Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, PCCL in Leoben (Austria) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany) are proud to invite to the 2019 SOPHIA-workshop ‘PV-Module Reliability’ in Graz, Austria. The 2019 workshop will feature reliability aspects of innovative materials and developments in service life prediction modelling and standardization. Aspects of the influence of reliability on sustainability will be presented and further information on the EU-Project SolarTrain provided. 

This year’s topics of the workshop are:

  • Interconnection
    Driven by the wish to further increase module efficiency, to reduce costs or to avoid critical materials, cell interconnection techniques are getting more and more divers. Their impact on module reliability will be in the focus of this

  • Standardization & Test development
    Consumers require a relevant proof of quality and performance, manufacturers expect a fast and cost-efficient testing
    process. Current considerations regarding the implementation of new testing methods on module and material level
    into established type approval standards will be discussed.

  • Advancements in lifetime modelling
    Material degradation effects strongly impact module reliability. How to calculate encapsulation degradation? Can
    machine learning support reliability assessment of PV modules and power plants?

  • Encapsulants & Backsheets
    Long term properties of polymeric encapsulants and backsheets play a major role in durability of PV-Modules.
    Innovative new materials offer chances for improved performance and reduced prices, but the durability has to be
    kept at a high level and material incompatibilities have to be investigated thoroughly.

  • Thin film/organic/perovskite
    Taking a closer look on influences and requirements of new cell types and technologies on module reliability.

  • Ecodesign & Recycability vs. Reliability
    Recycling and reliability have a strong influence on sustainability. Can repair measures ensure reliability? How do
    regulatory measures affect the market?