Impact of Isolation Resistance Faults in Photovoltaics

A photovoltaic (PV) array is an investment that is not subject to wear. This hypothesis might have persisted for years, however, this does not make it tenable: even carefully planned and executed arrays need monitoring, an occasional inspection, and, at times, repairs. Jochen Siemer, PHOTON International 2016.

Solar PV Operations and Maintenance – 5 easy steps to optimize

Solar Photovoltaic Operations & Maintenance (O&M) companies can benefit from analyzing the service cost base. The competition is tough these days and the question is whether the business can be made more profitable. In this blog, you will read about 5 easy steps where costs may be reduced. Solar PV O&M companies can sharpen the competitive edge and even increase earnings.

Potential Induced Degradation Test Method

Potential-induced degradation or PID is a failure mode in solar cells caused by voltage stress on the PID module. PID can affect both crystalline and thin-film modules, to an extent depending on the material and environment. Often manufacturers promise PID-free solar cells but still this solar degradation is observed in the field.

Photovoltaic Module Test

The Z200 PV Analyzer may be applied for individual PV module tests and measurements, even when the instrument is connected to the string terminals. The procedure is to first measure a baseline, and then subsequently shading the PV modules one by one, while impedance data is collected by the Z200.