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Energies 2018, 11(10), 2659; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11102659

Electroluminescence Test to Investigate the Humidity Effect on Solar Cells Operation

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CNR-INO National Institute of Optics, Largo E. Fermi, 50125 6—Firenze, Italy
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Department DIEF, University of Florence, Via Santa Marta, 50139 3—Firenze, Italy
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Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 24 September 2018 / Accepted: 2 October 2018 / Published: 5 October 2018
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Abstract

The electroluminescence test is an experiment typically used to verify the behavior of the photovoltaic cell and to qualitatively check its integrity. It works by operating the photovoltaic cell as a diode polarized directly: the cells that light up in a module indicate how many of them work. This test provides an estimate of the maximum performance of the entire photovoltaic module. A qualitative inspection was performed by electroluminescence tests on 48 modules of photovoltaic cells. They had already been installed on a small-size concentration solar plant before the test and some modules had reached a lower level of performance than expected. A first electroluminescence test was performed, which showed that only 61.5% of the photocells worked. Since there were visible signs of humidity within the various modules, some of the inoperative modules underwent a dehumidification treatment in a climatic chamber. A second electroluminescence test showed that the percentage of functioning cells had increased to 66.3% after the drying treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: photovoltaic; electroluminescence; humidity; climatic chamber photovoltaic; electroluminescence; humidity; climatic chamber
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Fontani, D.; Sansoni, P.; Francini, F.; Messeri, M.; Pierucci, G.; DeLucia, M.; Jafrancesco, D. Electroluminescence Test to Investigate the Humidity Effect on Solar Cells Operation. Energies 2018, 11, 2659.

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