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One in three solar module manufacturers failed some part of PVEL’s 2021 Reliability Scorecard

One in three solar module manufacturers failed some part of PVEL’s 2021 Reliability Scorecard

May 26, 2021 at 9:11 am 0 comments

The road to a massive capacity expansion of high-power PV modules is proving to be bumpy. One in three participating PV module manufacturers failed to implement basic quality controls that protect end users from safety failures, reports PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) in its 2021 PV Module Reliability Scorecard. Twenty-six percentRead More

On-Demand Webinar: Buyer Beware Webinar: Lessons Learned from Inverter Testing

On-Demand Webinar: Buyer Beware Webinar: Lessons Learned from Inverter Testing

March 8, 2021 at 3:38 pm Comments are Disabled

Can you trust an inverter datasheet? Results from independent testing show that datasheets can mislead buyers: reported efficiency may be impossible to achieve in real-world conditions, and certifications do not guarantee safe operation. With independent testing, inverter buyers and system owners can stop relying on marketing materials and use realRead More

Datasheet or data sh*t? Independent testing finds where certain inverters fall short of their rated specs

Datasheet or data sh*t? Independent testing finds where certain inverters fall short of their rated specs

March 3, 2021 at 12:27 pm Comments are Disabled

Ask any solar developer, installer or asset owner if they have experienced inverter issues and the response is usually a resounding “yes!” There are stories of manufacturers that failed to honor warranty terms and products that failed to operate upon removal from their packaging. But the most insidious form ofRead More

Boosts and boasts: The latest data on solar tracker + bifacial PV module production yields

Boosts and boasts: The latest data on solar tracker + bifacial PV module production yields

January 18, 2021 at 10:18 am Comments are Disabled

Improving the electricity yield in photovoltaic solar energy long has been a game of incremental additions of new technology. Over the past few years, bifacial panel adoption has been tested at a utility scale, and designs have been refined to the point that a high single-digit gain from a single-axis trackerRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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