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Photovoltaic Performance and Reliability Workshops

NREL hosts workshops focused on photovoltaic (PV) performance and reliability to encourage collaboration and communication among solar program staff, national laboratory teams, and industry partners. Workshop summaries and presentation content are available for the following meetings.

NREL also coordinates an annual Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop (PVMRW) so that solar technology experts can share information leading to the improvement of PV module reliability.

Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop 2014

February 25–26, 2014

The 2014 PVMRW, which was held in Golden, Colorado, featured more than 100 presentations and posters from workshop participants. Compiled proceedings, individual presentations, and a technical report are available for this event.

Solar Power International Workshops on Bankability

October 21, 2013

NREL and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) hosted two workshops during Solar Power International 2013 to discuss strategies for defining the bankability of new PV products. A detailed agenda is available. In addition, workshop presentations from the morning session are available for download.

2013 Thin-Film PV Reliability Workshop

February 28–March 1, 2013

This kick-off meeting was held in Golden, Colorado, for Task Group 8 of the International PV Module Quality Assurance Task Force, which addresses the need for testing thin-film modules. Proceedings are available on the IPVMQA website.

Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop 2013

February 26–27, 2013

Held in Golden, Colorado, the PV Module Reliability Workshop (PVMRW) 2013 shared information on improving PV module reliability to reduce the cost of solar electricity and give investors confidence in the technology. NREL led the workshop, which was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office. The entire workshop proceedings are available for download.

Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop 2012

February 28–March 1, 2012

Workshop presentations from the 2012 PVMRW are available for download. In addition, a detailed agenda is available.

Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop 2011

February 16–17, 2011

Workshop presentations from the 2011 PVMRW are available for download. In addition, a detailed agenda is available.

Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop 2010

February 18–19, 2010

Workshop presentations from the 2010 PVMRW are available for download. In addition, a detailed agenda is available.