Accession Number : ADA305045

Title :   Methodology For Designing Accelerated Aging Tests For Predicting Life of Photovoltaic Arrays.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST COLUMBUS OH COLUMBUS LABS

Personal Author(s) : Gaines, G. B. ; Thomas, R. E. ; Derringer, G. C. ; Kistler, C. W. ; Bigg, D. M.

PDF Url : ADA305045

Report Date : 01 FEB 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 141

Abstract : Current analyses dictate that for economic viability photovoltaic arrays should have a service life of 2O years or more. A need exists for meaningful accelerated tests to predict array life so that a relatively quick assessment can be made of the potential of present developmental designs and of the extent to which improvements in life are needed. As a part of the Encapsulation Task of the LSSA Project, this study undertook to develop a methodology for designing aging tests in which life prediction was paramount.

Descriptors :   *SOLAR CELLS, *LIFE TESTS, *ACCELERATED TESTING, AGING(MATERIALS), LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), ECONOMICS, PREDICTIONS, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, ARRAYS, VIABILITY, ENCAPSULATION, PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT.

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE