TOPCon solar modules have good showing in PVEL reliability scorecard

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Independent solar test lap PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) announced its results today. “2023 PV Module Reliability Scorecard” It named 250 model-type PV modules from 35 manufacturers as top performers in PVEL testing, which is the highest number in the company’s history.

Based on data from PVEL’s lab and field tests, the ninth edition scorecard provides actionable insights into PV module procurement. This is the PV Module Product Qualification Program (PQP), a comprehensive testing regime established by PVEL in 2012 to provide empirical data for PV module benchmarking and project-level energy yield and financial models. summarizes the results of

“As the landscape of photovoltaic technology and manufacturers continues to evolve rapidly, and module supply issues persist, buyers need guidance on how to source the best modules for their projects.” said Tristan Elion Lorico, PVEL’s vice president of sales and marketing. of the Kiwa Group. “Our 2023 Scorecard features a list of truly global module manufacturers. For buyers worldwide looking to understand the key differences between cell technology and module design, our Scorecards provide many important insights and an easy way for developers to search for the best off-the-shelf options.”

While the number of top performer makes and models has increased this year, so has the percentage of manufacturers experiencing failures. Additionally, nearly one-third of the bill of materials (BOM) tested had at least one failure during testing, and before stress testing he had failures in 15% of the BOM.

Interesting takeaway from the findings: While p-type PERC remains the dominant cell technology across top performers, TOPCon model types listed as top performers have increased from 1 in 2022 to 37. This year he also included 9 of his HJT model types. since 2 o’clock last year.

PVEL’s scorecard is an essential resource in understanding how to source high performance and reliable modules,” said Luca Votta, Global Business Sector Leader for Renewable Energy at Kiwa Group. “Contributions from Kiwa member companies around the world included in this year’s scorecard demonstrate how our global expertise supports solar development and ongoing site operations in various markets. I am making it stand out.”

Participation in PVEL’s PQP and Scorecard is voluntary for manufacturers, and only the highest performing module model types are named on the scorecard. To date, PVEL has tested over 500 of his BOMs from over 60 manufacturers for PV module PQP.

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