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Date: October 17, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm ET

Duration: 60 Minutes

Language: English

Cost: Free of charge

Photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers are usually required to conduct safety and qualification testing according to ANSI/UL 1703 or IEC 61730 and IEC 61215. However, these tests cannot validate products that must perform for 25 years or more in the field, so most PV module manufacturers perform extended reliability testing above and beyond safety and qualification testing.

Due to the proliferation of essentially similar private protocols and the demands of investor due diligence, considerable redundant extended reliability testing is occurring. That is why industry stakeholders collaborated on the development of a standardized PV Module Quality Assurance Testing Protocol – C450, which is due to receive ANSI accreditation this year.

Join CSA Group’s James P. Crimmins, General Manager of CFV Solar Test Laboratory and Mohsen Mahmoudysepehr, Project Manager as they provide an overview of the ways in which the protocol can be applied, including:

  • Evaluation of comparative reliability among different module manufacturers or designs;
  • Evaluation of comparative reliability among different module bills of materials (BOMs);
  • Diagnosis of potential problems with new module manufacturing equipment or facilities through comparison with equipment and facilities that follow good testing procedures; and
  • Provision of data for ongoing quality monitoring programs after product validation.

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