9th SOPHIA Workshop PV-Module Reliability

Program (preliminary)

 These program topics will be presented by experts and further developed in discussion groups or plenum.

Block 1: Interconnection
a) Endurance of Smart Wires > Andreas Waltinger, Meyer Burger GmbH
b) Reliability of ECA > Gernot Oreski, PCCL

Block 2: Standardization & Test development
a) LeTID > Bengt Jäckel, Fraunhofer CSP
b) Combined-Accelerated Stress Testing > Michael Owen-Bellini, NREL
c) Certification according new standard with B and B1 > Daniel Philipp, ISE

Block 3: SolarTrain (https://solar-train.eu)
a) Using reanalysis data to evaluate the PV degradation regarding the KGPV climate zones in Europe
> Julian Ascencio-Vásquez, University of Ljubljana
b) Moisture ingress in PV encapsulants and glass-encapsulant-backsheet laminates
> Stefan Mitterhofer, University of Ljubljana
c) Effect of micro-climate and aging condition on polymer degradation > Djamel Eddine Mansour, ISE
d) Degradation Modelling and Evaluation of Data Quality for Service Lifetime Prediction and Yield Estimation of
PV Modules and Systems > Ismail Kaaya, ISE

Block 4: Advancements in lifetime modelling
a) Modelling and simulation of EVA degradation: Accelerated ageing tests vs. long-term outdoor exposure
> Mariacristina Gagliardi, IMT
b) Machine learning approaches for PV reliability assessment > Abdulkerim Gok, GYTE

Block 5: Encapsulants & Backsheets
a) Robust backsheet solutions for Aggressive climates: not necessarily Glass! > François Rummens, Renolit
b) Reliability testing of new materials for module mass production > Marcel Kühne, Hanwah Qcells
c) Backsheet-failures in the field > Luciana Pitta Bauermann, ISE

Block 6: Thin film/organic/perovskite
a) Stability of organic and perovskite solar cells > Gregor Trimmel, TU Graz
b) Latest developments on CIGS Reliability > Peter Lechner, ZSW

Block 7: Ecodesign & Recycability vs. Reliability
a) Effects of reliability on sustainability > Karl-Anders Weiß, Fraunhofer ISE
b) Possible repair strategies for PV-modules with cracked backsheets > Gabriele Eder, OFI
c) Sustainability requirements: French tendering process, its evolution, and the impact on the market > Françoise Burgun, INES

Plenary discussion on the topics “How to include reliability metrics in sustainability assessment/Eco-labelling?
How to increase the visibility of/awareness for quality and reliability aspects?” and sum up