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Fundamentals of Photovoltaics - Lecture 17

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Lecture 17 - Modules, systems, and reliability

Module manufacturing: encapsulation materials, availability, trends.
Systems: grid-tied and stand-alone, tracking and non-tracking. System components, including balance of systems components. Design criteria, tradeoffs, costs. Building integration, BIPV. System integration. Scaling, and integration into the power grid. Appropriate technology selection. Life cycle analysis. The energy storage challenge.
Failure: failure modes in stationary and tracking systems, accelerated testing, field testing, service and warranty contracts.

Prof. Tonio Buonassisi
2.626 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics, Fall 2008
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2009-07-29
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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