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the before and after microcracking (or without and with microcracking, or pre- and post-stress test). They are electroluminescence (EL) images from the PVEL lab

PVEL has tested 1 GW of installed PV modules damaged by force majeure events

November 12, 2020 at 11:19 am 0 comments

Independent solar test lab PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) has tested PV modules installed in more than 1 GW of solar projects that were damaged by force majeure events. The company reached this milestone by providing on-site electroluminescence (EL) imaging services for PV modules. EL images reveal latent damage in PVRead More

PVEL expands inverter testing capabilities with new Inverter Test Center

PVEL expands inverter testing capabilities with new Inverter Test Center

July 21, 2020 at 9:17 am Comments are Disabled

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent test lab for the global downstream solar industry, is blowing out its inverter product qualification program, opening an advanced inverter test center with 1500V capabilities at its newly renovated South San Francisco lab. The company is now evaluating the performance, reliability and functionalityRead More

Solar module quality concerns raised in PVEL’s annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard

Solar module quality concerns raised in PVEL’s annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard

May 28, 2020 at 10:33 am Comments are Disabled

The 6th Edition of the PV Module Reliability Scorecard from independent test lab PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) shows several concerning quality, safety trends emerging  amid the rush of new PV module technology hitting the market. Something we were prepped to hear considering our Spring cover feature, “Mounting and Cracking”. “A diverseRead More

Figure 1: A PV module undergoing dynamic mechanical loading.

Mounting and Cracking: Structural durability issues to consider amid a wave of new PV module designs

May 7, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The most important part of a PV mounting structure is the module itself. Along with generating energy, PV modules play a key role in maintaining the overall structural integrity of the entire system. However, they are susceptible to a wide range of mechanical durability challenges that may lead to degradedRead More

Protecting (and insuring) against PV portfolio underperformance

Protecting (and insuring) against PV portfolio underperformance

February 20, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Underperformance is becoming a not-so-secret issue for large-scale solar portfolios (we have heard anywhere from 3 to 6 percent in some portfolios). The reasons for this often say less about the viability of solar technology and project revenue potential and more about process and prediction of failures somewhere along theRead More

Meet PV PlantProtect: An insurance program to reduce utility-scale solar project risk

Meet PV PlantProtect: An insurance program to reduce utility-scale solar project risk

December 5, 2019 at 9:37 am Comments are Disabled

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ariel Re (a member of Argo Group), and Beecher Carlson Insurance Services, are teaming up on an innovative new insurance program that integrates technical due diligence practices to reduce the financial risk for utility-scale solar project developers. Known as PV PlantProtect, theRead More

Investment protection: PVEL, Heliolytics launch natural disaster response service for solar power plants

Investment protection: PVEL, Heliolytics launch natural disaster response service for solar power plants

September 24, 2019 at 8:01 am Comments are Disabled

Two industry-leading providers of field testing for solar power plants, Heliolytics and PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), have launched a new Incident Response service. Their unique joint offering helps solar asset owners and managers, operations and maintenance providers, investors and insurers prepare for and respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes,Read More

Burn before you build: The importance of destructive battery testing

Burn before you build: The importance of destructive battery testing

July 30, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Batteries solve the problem of intermittent solar irradiance and reliable clean energy. With energy storage systems, PV project owners and off-takers can continue using solar power long after the sun sets. After years of hype, battery systems are finally gaining traction in major markets, especially in states such as Hawaii,Read More

Q CELLS earns Top Performer recognition in PVEL’s 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

Q CELLS earns Top Performer recognition in PVEL’s 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard

June 19, 2019 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

We reported on the eyebrow raising solar module reliability issues PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) uncovered in its latest PV Module Reliability Scorecard, but we didn’t spotlight which company graded out as the Top Performer. This year’s PVEL PV Module Reliability Scorecard Top Performer was Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. one ofRead More

PVEL Module Reliability Scorecard: 30% of the module BOMs failed one or more test criteria

PVEL Module Reliability Scorecard: 30% of the module BOMs failed one or more test criteria

June 5, 2019 at 5:11 pm Comments are Disabled

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent test lab for the global downstream solar industry, published the 5th Edition of its PV Module Reliability Scorecard in partnership with DNV GL. As the most comprehensive publicly available comparison of PV module reliability test results, the Scorecard ranks PV modules and manufacturersRead More