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Round‐robin weathering test of various polymeric back‐sheets for PV modules with different ultraviolet irradiation and sample temperatures

: Koehl, M.; Hacke, P.; Wu, H.-S.; Zielnik, A.

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Progress in Photovoltaics 28 (2020), No.8, pp.808-815
ISSN: 1062-7995
ISSN: 1099-159X
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer ISE ()

Durability assessment of materials exposed to natural weathering with expected service lifetimes of more than 20 years requires accelerated testing of the UV stability, especially for polymeric materials. Fraunhofer ISE organized an interlaboratory comparison for testing different back-sheets in various test laboratories using different UV sources. The five participating test laboratories used three different types of UV sources. The interaction of the UV radiation with the polymers used in PV modules is main subject of this round-robin. Laminates were produced by using solar glass and a suitable EVA encapsulant combined with 10 different back-sheets. The simultaneous usage of different optical filters allowed to investigate roughly the spectral sensitivity and the intensity impact. The degradation was followed by spectral reflectance and transmittance measurements and calculation of the yellowness index as degradation indicator. Clear differences in the degradation beh avior of the different products were found.