Reliability Testing Front and Center in Solar Module Electronics

“We expect reliability and availability to come to the forefront of inverter selection,” GTM Research senior solar analyst MJ Shiao explained in the report The Global PV Inverter Landscape 2013: Technologies, Markets and Survivors.“Bankability, reliability, and serviceability are transforming from buzzwords to key values.”

One of the key areas of innovation is in microinverters and micro-power converters such as DC optimizers. But, according to TUV Rheinland President Mani G. Tamizh-Mani, there are currently no quality and reliability standards for these devices.

“At the end of the day, reliability is better than a warranty,” Shiao noted in the GTM Research report, “but even third-party studies of reliability and complete field data sets are difficult to access and compare.”

Written by HERMAN K. TRABISH. To read the full article, click here

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