PV Modules Pass Unique Mechanical Testing

Giga Solar’s high-efficiency crystalline-silicon, lightweight PV modules have recently passed a series of both environmental and mechanical stress tests at the CFV Solar Test Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

According to PV-Magazine.com, “the environmental tests were a modified subset of the IEC-61215 protocol, a PV module performance standard used by the solar industry worldwide, [and] included hail impact + 50 thermal cycles, 1,000 hours of damp heat exposure and 500 thermal cycles. The mechanical tests, including various bending and localized pressure tests, were custom designed by Fraunhofer CSE to simulate the forces a lightweight module would encounter during transportation and installation.”

Giga Solar’s modules are glass-free and frameless, and are now also confirmed to withstand the tough conditions they’ll be facing. Giga Solar founder and CEO Tom Hood said the company was “extremely pleased with the results, which show negligible power loss after these accelerated stress tests.”

The tests were conducted “as part of the Boston-based Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems’ Plug-and-Play PV Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative,” as reported by PV-Magazine.

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