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International solar cells standards receives quality evaluation

As renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV) are notably becoming affordable, it is important that the quality of solar cells should remain of a high standard.

Ensuring these standards are maintained, a dedicated meeting was held in May, organised by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC82  to address the future of the standardisation of solar cells and silicon wafers.

The IEC/TC82 is a technical organisation that specialises in the international standardisation of PV energy-related technologies.

Solar cells standards

According to a press release, the organisation mainly undertakes the drafting, formulation and publication of international standard projects in related fields. Read more…

The meeting was the first international technical seminar held by the IEC/T82 WG8 Working Group since its establishment, the press release stated.

During the WG8 Working Group meeting, experts discussed IEC60904-11 testing methods for initial light-induced degradation of crystalline silicon solar cell standards, which was jointly developed by JinkoSolar and Suntech.

Six working groups were convened, including Glossary (WG1), non-concentrating modules (WG2), systems (WG3), balance-of-system components (WG6), concentrating modules (WG7) and PV cells (WG8), as well as several joint working groups.

Industry standards

According to the release, at present, IEC/TC82 has 91 published standards and 70 ongoing projects.

IEC standards carry authority around the world, which ensure product quality, create industry standards and protect the interests of customers.

The organisation is said to attract experts from all over the world to participate in the standard formulation and revision process and is currently one of the largest standard-setting organisations in the industry.

Addressing delegates, Vice President of JinkoSolar, Dr. Jin Hao, said: “China is a leader in manufacturing, marketing and technology in the PV industry. Its leadership however is not commensurate with its contribution to international PV standards.

“Solar cells are distributed in the market as mature products, but the absence of a unified evaluation system has been a problem plaguing the entire industry. In order to better protect the interests of all parties, developing an objective standard is the only way to meet the market’s requirements.”


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