Special Issue "Photovoltaic Modules 2021"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Filippo Spertino
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Guest Editor
Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
Interests: photovoltaic and wind power systems
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Prof. Dr. Paolo Di Leo
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Guest Editor
Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
Interests: renewable energy technologies; electrical power engineering; power systems analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is dedicated to the photovoltaic (PV) modules, which are the main component of photovoltaic plants. In particular, the efficiency of the PV modules is even higher, exceeding the 20% threshold, while the cost has dramatically decreased in the last years; some years ago, this cost was 60–70 % of the total installation cost, now it is only 30–40 % of the same total cost. However, as the robustness of the cells inside the modules has been reduced together with their thickness (100–200 µm), the encapsulation process may be imperfect and, as a consequence, the presence of mechanical, electrical, and thermal defects may be increasing.

The contributions submitted to this Special Issue should deal with the following topics, as well as other potential topics that are not mentioned here:

  • Electrical mismatch of solar cell I–V curves due to imperfect sorting process, defects/failure of the solar cells, as well as partial shading.
  • Potential induced degradation and light induced degradation, visual defects like snail trails due to cracks and micro-cracks, EVA delamination and reduction of insulation resistance, and shunt defects inside the solar cells.
  • Techniques for fault-detection (e.g., electroluminescence).
  • Recycling techniques of the materials used in the encapsulation.
  • Cost–benefit analysis to evaluate the replacement of faulty PV modules.

Prof. Dr. Filippo Spertino
Prof. Dr. Paolo Di Leo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • PV modules
  • photovoltaic plants
  • techniques for fault-detection

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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