As PV begins to reach scale, lifetime uncertainty remains a hurdle in project financing. IEC and UL tests predict early failure for modules, but do not address durability.
Fraunhofer, with its decades-long experience in PV development, testing, and qualification, is partnering with PV module manufacturers, developers, and financiers to address these issues. The result is the Photovoltaic Module Durability Initiative (PVDI): an integrated lifetime assessment initiative to understand and improve PV module durability.
PV module manufacturers, system developers, and financiers can participate in the PVDI program. For more information, please contact Dr. Christian Hoepfner.
PVDI exceeds existing certification standards. Tests include: