Potential-induced degradation of thin-film Si photovoltaic modules

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Author(s)

    • Masuda Atsushi
    • Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan.

Abstract

Potential-induced degradation (PID) of thin-film Si photovoltaic (PV) modules was investigated. The characteristics of PID phenomena of thin-film Si PV modules are markedly different from those of crystalline Si PV modules. Not only performance loss but also linear-shape and spot-shape delamination was observed after negative voltage application. Recovery from PID was also observed after positive voltage application. However, rapid progression of PID was found after the second negative voltage application after recovery from the initial PID. The root cause of PID of thin-film Si PV modules is thought to be the delamination between a transparent conductive oxide film and a glass substrate. Such degradation accompanied by delamination was also observed in thin-film Si PV modules exposed outside for about 5 years.

Journal

  • Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.

    Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 56(4S), 04CS04, 2017-02-15

    Institute of Physics

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