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Durability and Reliability of Polymers and Other Materials in Photovoltaic Modules describes the durability and reliability behavior of polymers used in Si-photovoltaic modules and systems, particularly in terms of physical aging and degradation process/mechanisms, characterization methods, accelerated exposure chamber and testing, module level testing and service life prediction. The book compares polymeric materials to traditional materials used in solar applications, explaining the degradation pathways of the different elements of a photovoltaic module, including encapsulant, front sheet, back sheet, wires and connectors, adhesives, sealants and more. The book shows degradation causes and the specific influence this degradation has on materials and overall PV performance.
The book also shows the tests needed for the evaluation of polymer degradation and aging, as well as accelerated tests to aid in materials selection. Demand for photovoltaics continues to grow worldwide, and polymer photovoltaics can offer significantly lower production costs compared to earlier approaches. This has the potential to significantly improve the value proposition of solar energy; however, photovoltaic module lifetime and degradation mechanisms are of significant importance. Providing practical guidance, as well as giving an outlook on the future of materials in photovoltaic applications, the book is the first comprehensive reference work in the area of photovoltaic polymer durability.