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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.

2015 Solar Power International Workshops

September 14, 2015

NREL hosted two workshops during Solar Power International 2015 to address PV standards and confidence in PV systems. Workshop presentations are available for download.

PV Standards for Climate-specific Lifetime Assessment — Can we define a path to get there?

Quantifying Confidence in PV Systems and Modules – How close are we to doing this in a low-cost way?

Photovoltaic Module Reliability Workshop 2015

February 24–27, 2015

The 2015 PVMRW, which was held in Golden, Colorado, included five topic-specific workshops on Reliability, Quality Assurance, Inverters, System Certification, and Solar Resource.

2014 Solar Power International Workshops

October 20, 2014

NREL hosted two workshops during Solar Power International 2014 to address improving confidence in PV manufacturing and certifying PV systems. For more details, access the agenda. Workshop presentations are also available for download.

Part 1: Ensuring Quality of PV Modules—A Pathway to Higher Confidence in PV Manufacturing

Like the automotive and aerospace industries, the PV industry requires a very high level of confidence in product reliability. Not only must PV modules be designed to meet the product warranty, but manufacturers must consistently deliver that quality. Workshop participants discussed the changes that are planned to improve quality, and shared ideas about how to best create this cultural change.

Part 2: Certification of PV Systems — What's Coming and How You Can Make Sure it Meets Your Needs

PV systems have been proven to work well; they've also been proven to have problems if they are poorly designed, installed, or maintained. How can a system owner, operator, or buyer have confidence that a system will be one that works well? This workshop presented information about international standards for PV-system certification that are being developed, and collected suggestions about how these standards could be most valuable to the community.

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.