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Predicting photovoltaic connector lifetime

Predicting photovoltaic connector lifetime
Predicting photovoltaic connector lifetime
Photovoltaic (PV) connectors are generally thought of as essential, although some what 'inert' components of a PV system that do not have any specific lifetime issues related to them. In contrast, PV modules are marketed with lifetimes of 20 years or more. No commitment is normally made to the lifetime of the associated dc wiring by the system supplier. In building integrated PV system's in particular a dc connection failure will often necessitate a difficult repair, usually at a prohibitive cost. Historically, to ensure a reliable dc connection, hard wiring between modules in a facade for example has been used. However, push fit connectors are now commonly used enabling system installations to be achieved in a safer and far quicker manner. Accelerated lifetime testing has been undertaken on the leading PV connector system's using specifically developed test regimes. The implications of the testing results to the predicted reliability of such connector systems are discussed coupled with the associated issues of fabrication and on-site assembly
4-9901816-0-3
2833-2836
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Bahaj, A.S.
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James, P.A.B.
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McBride, J.W.
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James, P.A.B.
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Bahaj, A.S., James, P.A.B. and McBride, J.W. (2003) Predicting photovoltaic connector lifetime. In Proceedings of 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. pp. 2833-2836 . (doi:10.1109/WCPEC.2003.1305175).

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Abstract

Photovoltaic (PV) connectors are generally thought of as essential, although some what 'inert' components of a PV system that do not have any specific lifetime issues related to them. In contrast, PV modules are marketed with lifetimes of 20 years or more. No commitment is normally made to the lifetime of the associated dc wiring by the system supplier. In building integrated PV system's in particular a dc connection failure will often necessitate a difficult repair, usually at a prohibitive cost. Historically, to ensure a reliable dc connection, hard wiring between modules in a facade for example has been used. However, push fit connectors are now commonly used enabling system installations to be achieved in a safer and far quicker manner. Accelerated lifetime testing has been undertaken on the leading PV connector system's using specifically developed test regimes. The implications of the testing results to the predicted reliability of such connector systems are discussed coupled with the associated issues of fabrication and on-site assembly

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Published date: 18 May 2003
Venue - Dates: Proceedings of 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WPEC3), 2003-05-18 - 2003-05-18

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Local EPrints ID: 75166
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/75166
ISBN: 4-9901816-0-3
PURE UUID: 1d640c47-fda6-492c-89bf-c911343ef91a
ORCID for A.S. Bahaj: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-6045

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Date deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:20

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