Scope: Cost-competitiveness, economic circularity, environmental impact, and durability and reliability are among the challenges for photovoltaic (PV) components, modules and arrays. To promote advancement of effective solutions to these challenges, NIST and UL are pleased to host a three-day virtual workshop on Photovoltaic Materials Durability for the global photovoltaic community. This bi-annual workshop is distinguished from other PV conferences by its focus on weathering, measurement, and modeling of durability and sustainability for materials used in solar PV applications.
The NIST/UL Workshop on Photovoltaic Materials Durability featured invited technical presentations and panel discussions. This event provided a forum for the exchange of research, innovation and methodology for participants ranging from material suppliers, module manufacturers, testing and certification companies to universities and national laboratories. It also offered a platform to spark new collaborations and align goals between relevant stakeholders. Attendees not only heard about advanced lifetime test methods, but also had an opportunity to engage in open discussions on how to convert advanced research to consensus standards development.
Session 1: PV Reliability Programs
Session 2: PV Module Circular Economy
Session 3: Extreme Weather Impact and Post-disaster Investigation
Session 4: PV Module Field Survey
Session 5: Accelerated Laboratory Testing
Session 6: Linking Accelerated Laboratory Testing to Field Performance
Session 7: Characterization and Modeling
Session 8: Linking Research to Standards
Session 9: Emerging Technology
- R&D staff interested in new materials and systems for PV
- Technical standards participants engaged in transitioning R&D into PV standards
- Reliability and QA personnel tasked with maximizing longevity, durability and sustainability of their products (suppliers and module manufacturers)
- Financial managers, industry executives, and concerned system owners who are interested in warranty considerations and return on investment calculations in their business models
- Anyone interested in understanding long-term performance and circularity issues in the PV industry