Photovoltaic Modules: Technology and Reliability

From handcrafted devices used for space satellites, photovoltaic devices have developed into mass products sold in millions and applied all over the world. This interdisciplinary book provides insight into manufacturing techniques, materials design strategies, and life analysis of wafer-based photovoltaic modules. Innovative technologies are presented and complemented by timely simulation methods.

About 100 million wafer-based photovoltaic modules are sold annually.

Module technology increases the lifetime of solar cells to about 25 years and enables their use in almost all climate zones.

Photovoltaic Modules is an exceptional look at the complete timeline of photovoltaic module devices – from theoretical material design to service life analysis.

Intended as a reference for Materials Scientists, Engineers, Physicists, Chemists, Environmental Scientists, and young Professionals.

Selected from the Table of Contents:

  • Solar cell properties
  • Basic module characterization
  • Module performance
  • Loads for PV Modules
  • Reliability testing of modules


Harry Wirth, Karl-Anders Weiß, and Cornelia Wiesmeier are from the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, Germany.

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