In-situ monitoring of the accelerated performance degradation of thin film solar cells

Mirjam Theelen, Henk Steijvers, Nicolas Barreau, Marie Buffière, Guy Brammertz, Marco Giacomo Flammini, Robert Jan van Vugt, Z. Vroon, Miro Zeman

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A 'hybrid' degradation setup, which allows the use of humidity, temperature and illumination as loads in order to accelerate degradation of solar cells and modules, has been designed and constructed. In this setup, the current voltage output of photovoltaic samples is automatically logged and the electrical parameters are calculated. This allows the study of the impact of illumination and damp heat induced degradation by in-situ monitoring. Additionally, this setup also allows the determination of temperature dependency of solar cells by a simple procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2015
EditorsS.A. Ringel
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-7944-8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
EventPVSC 2015: 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 14 Jun 201519 Jun 2015
Conference number: 42


ConferencePVSC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA


  • CIGS
  • CZTS
  • damp heat
  • degradation
  • humidity
  • illumination
  • solar cells
  • temperature dependency


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