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Thin-Film Photovoltaics: Task Group 8

Task Group 8 focuses on durability issues specific to thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules. This can include CdTe, CIGS, a-Si, perovskites or any other non-crystalline Si based technology.

Progress Update

Task Group 8’s work on International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards include the following projects:

  • Damp heat test procedures specific to cadmium telluride  and CIGS (copper indium gallium selenide) modules were incorporated in IEC 61215-1-3:2016 and IEC 61215-1-4:2016.
  •  Potential induced degradation test procedures for thin-film modules are being developed as IEC TS 62804-2 ED1.  The project leader is Peter Hacke.
  • A partial shading test is being developed as IEC TS 63140 ED1. The project leader  is Timothy Silverman).
  • A test procedure that can be applied to mobile/flexible/small products is being developed as IEC 63163 ED1. The project leader is Paul Robusto.

If there are other projects or topics that you would like to see addressed by this group, please contact us so we can set up a meeting. If there is a need to begin international interlaboratory collaborative research projects on thin film PV related projects, we would be happy to help.

Task Leaders

Michael Kempe, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Other leaders are welcome.