International PV Quality Assurance Task Force
The International Photovoltaic Quality Assurance Task Force (PVQAT) is leading efforts to develop standards with two primary goals:
- Provide comparative information about the relative durability of photovoltaic (PV) modules when exposed to a variety of stresses, giving solar customers a baseline for improving the accuracy of quantitative PV lifetime predictions
- Create a guideline for factory inspections of the QA system used during manufacturing.
PVQAT includes the following Task Groups. More information is available on each group's progress and current status.
- Task Group 1: PV QA guideline for manufacturing consistency — leaders Ivan Sinicco, Yoshihito Eguchi, Govind Ramu, Gunnar Brueggemann, Zhou Wei
- Task Group 2: PV QA testing for thermal and mechanical fatigue including vibration — leaders Nick Bosco, Tadanori Tanahashi
- Task Group 3: PV QA testing for humidity, temperature, and voltage — leaders John Wohlgemuth, Takuya Doi, Neelkanth Dhere
- Task Group 4: PV QA testing for diodes, shading and reverse bias — leaders Vivek Gade, Yasunori Uchida, Paul Robusto
- Task Group 5: PV QA testing for UV, temperature, and humidity — leaders Michael Koehl, Tsuyoshi Shioda, Jasbir Bath, David Miller
- Task Group 6: Communication of PV QA ratings to the community — leaders David Williams and Sarah Kurtz
- Task Group 7: PV QA testing for snow and wind loading — leader is currently not designated
- Task Group 8: PV QA testing for thin-film PV — leaders Neelkanth Dhere, Masayoshi Takani, Veronica Bermudez
- Task Group 9: PV QA testing for Concentrator PV (CPV) — leaders Nick Bosco, Itai Suez
- Task Group 10: Connectors — leader Juris Kalejs
- Task Group 11: QA for PV Systems — leader Sumanth Lokanath.
To volunteer for any of these Task Groups, please contact the leader directly or request access to the website at http://pvqataskforceqarating.pbworks.com/.
Additional information on the forum is available.