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Cordula Schmid, Ph.D.

Associate Director, PV Technologies
Expertise:
  • PV Durability Analysis
  • Failure Analysis for manufacturing industries including:
    • Photovoltaics
    • Automotive
    • Medical devices
    • Optics
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Company Audits

Dr. Cordula Schmid is the Associate Director of the PV Technologies group. Her research focuses primarily on the reliability related assessment of module packaging materials and the mechanical and electrical testing of modules. Prior to joining Fraunhofer CSE, Cordula served as a member of the scientific staff at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany, where she focused on identifying and mitigating mechanical and thermal loads in solar cells and modules. During this time, she also performed consulting work for domestic and international solar manufacturers, working with companies to develop methods for reducing breakage losses during solar cell processing and module fabrication. She obtained her Doctorate of Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

Recent Presentations and Publications

Honeker, C., Watts, A., Lloyd, A., Schmid, C., Booth, D., H.B. Fuller, Inc. - February 27, 2018
Christian Honeker presents.
Honeker, C., Watts, A., Lloyd, A., Schmid, C. - February 12, 2018
Christian Honeker presents.
Schmid, C., Singh, R., Honeker, C. - February 28, 2017
Stark, C., Schmid, C., Singh, R. - February 23, 2016
PV Durability Initiative (PVDI) Long Term Outdoor Exposure Update. NREL Reliability Workshop 2016.
Schmid, C., Ashmore, J. (2015).
The Influence of the PV Backsheet on the Formation of Snail Trails. In: NREL PV Reliability Workshop 2015. Golden: NREL, pp. 1-18.
Schmid, C., Singh, R., Zimmermann, P., Ashmore, J. (2015).
Development of Qualification Tests for Glass-Less c-Si Modules. In: NREL PV Module Reliability Workshop 2015. Golden: NREL, pp. 1.
Schmid, C., Singh, R. (2015).
Schmid, C., Singh, R. (2015).
Fraunhofer PV Durability Initiative for Solar Modules: Part 3. In: PV Tech Power. 4.
Singh, R., Schmid, C., Ashmore, J. (2015).
Understanding PID: Improving the performance of large PV systems. In: PV Tech Power. 3.
Schmid, C. (2015).
Schmid, C. - January 1, 2014
PV Module Degradation & Lifecycle Analysis. EPRI Project Meeting, SolarTAC..
Singh, R., Schmid, C. (2014).
Literature Study and Risk Analysis for Potential Induced Degradation. In: EPRI Energy & Environment Technical Report. : EPRI.
Kinsey, G., Meakin, D., Schmid, C., Ferrara, C., Stecklum, S. (2013).
Results of the first round of the Photovoltaic Durability Initiative. In: 2013 IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC). Tampa: IEEE, pp. 1571-1574.
Schmid, C., Meakin, D., Kinsey, G., Ferrara, C., Stecklum, S. (2013).
The PV Durability Initiative. In: PV Rollout 2013. Atlanta, pp. 1571-1574.
Kinsey, G., Schmid, C., Meakin, D., Stark, C. (2013).
Durability and Outdoor Performance Comparison of PV Modules. In: 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. Munich: WIP, pp. 3289-3290.
Meakin, D., Schmid, C., Kinsey, G., Ferrara, C., Stecklum, S. (2013).
Fraunhofer PV Durability Initiative for Solar Modules. In: Photovoltaics International. 20th Edition , pp. 77-87.
Schmid, C., Fuller, E., MacBride, B., Mickiewicz, R., Kinsey, G., Zhou, J., et al. (2013).
Angle of Incidence Performance Study of PV Modules with Patterned Polycarbonate Front Sheets. In: Proceedings of the 28th EUPVSEC. Munich: EU PVSEC, pp. 3090-3092.
Schmid, C., Chapon, J., Kinsey, G., Bokria, J., Woods, J. (2012).
Impact of High Light Transmission EVA-Based Encapsulant on the Performance of PV Modules. In: 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition. Frankfurt: EU PVSEC, pp. 3494-3498.
Schmid, C., Libby, C., Kalejs, J., Kinsey, G., Honeker, C., Li, B., et al. (2012).
Review of Photovoltaic System Reliability Challenges and Opportunities. White Paper sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). : EPRI.

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Cordula Schmid, Ph.D.
Associate Director, PV Technologies
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