Vikram Solar announces successful long-duration PV module reliability test results

Solar module manufacturer and EPC contractor Vikram Solar, headquartered in India, announced that long-duration reliability tests conducted by  U.S. based independent solar test lab PVEL on SOMERA monocrystalline silicon and ELDORA polycrystalline silicon PV modules yielded successful results.

Earlier in 2017, Vikram Solar had claimed a position in the PV Module Reliability Scorecard Report 2017, published by the leading global certification body DNV GL.

This year, the company submitted its SOMERA monocrystalline silicon and ELDORA polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules for accelerated stress testing and characterization under PVEL’s Product Qualification Program (PQP) 2019.

The PQP is a comprehensive evaluation of environmental sensitivities and degradation mechanisms of PV module designs. Real-world failure mechanisms are simulated in a controlled laboratory environment, and state-of-the-art module characterization techniques are utilized to measure the performance of the panels as they progress through the protocol.

Vikram Solar PV modules went through extremely long duration (upto 4X IEC) test protocols like – Thermal Cycling, Damp Heat, UV Exposure, Dynamic mechanical load, PID test, Light Induced Degradation, low to nil power degradation after these tests.

The results met and exceeded international quality and performance benchmarks.

Mr. Ivan Saha, Business Unit Head of Manufacturing & CTO, Vikram Solar, said:

“At Vikram Solar, we have always been focused towards upholding high quality and performance standards. Our consistency in meeting international standards testifies our commitment to our customers and investors. We are glad that our investments in state-of-the-art production technology, top quality Bill of Materials and quality control strategies are paying off and this milestone re-iterates the long term performance and bankability guarantees that we bring to the table.”

He also added:

“Bankability of projects will not only ensure that solar gains a greater pie in the energy mix, but will also improve the confidence of investors and developers. We are proud that we have been consistently giving customers the right solar modules to make projects bankable.”

Vikram Solar currently has a manufacturing capacity of 1.1 GW and has customer base across 6 continents.

Source: Press Release by Vikram Solar. Photo Credit: © Vikram Solar.