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WEBINAR THIN-FILM SOLAR TECHNOLOGY
INNOVATIVE WAYS TO DETERMINE DEGRADATION MODES AND MECHANISMS IN THIN-FILM SOLAR MODULES

Innovative ways to determine degradation modes and mechanisms in thin-film solar modules

Understanding material degradation and failure mechanismes of a solar cell is the holy grail for lifetime improvement  and application of solar cells in environmentally harsh conditions. Mirjam Theelen (TNO) is researching deceased CIGS solar modules. She developed a method to isolate functioning cells from a full scale module. The electrical and physical properties from this individual cell can be determined and help to understand the cause of degradation of the module.

Michaël Daenen (UHasselt) is taking another interesting approach: by developing integrated sensors, he is able to measure the true conditions inside the solar cell.  Knowing the real conditions  under which thin-film solar cells operate, can help to improve materials, stack and computational models.

The live webinar will be broadcasted at 09.00 Central European Summer Time (CEST) or 16.00 Japanese Standard Time (JST). The webinar will be replayed, accompanied with live chat and moderation by the experts at 09.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

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Innovative ways to determine degradation modes and mechanisms in thin-film solar modules

Understanding material degradation and failure mechanismes of a solar cell is the holy grail for lifetime improvement  and application of solar cells in environmentally harsh conditions. Mirjam Theelen (TNO) is researching deceased CIGS solar modules. She developed a method to isolate functioning cells from a full scale module. The electrical and physical properties from this individual cell can be determined and help to understand the cause of degradation of the module.

Michaël Daenen (UHasselt) is taking another interesting approach: by developing integrated sensors, he is able to measure the true conditions inside the solar cell.  Knowing the real conditions  under which thin-film solar cells operate, can help to improve materials, stack and computational models.

The live webinar will be broadcasted at 09.00 Central European Summer Time (CEST) or 16.00 Japanese Standard Time (JST). The webinar will be replayed, accompanied with live chat and moderation by the experts at 09.00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

17 May 2021

09:00 CEST

Brussels

16:00 JST

Tokyo

09.00 PDT

San Francisco

Registration Free

Michaël Daenen

Micheal Daenen

Michaël Daenen is an experienced physicist, engineer and associate professor of engineering technology. Educated in material physics and translating this into engineering technology. Currently working on reliability of energy systems, more specifically photovoltaic modules and systems.

Mirjam Theelen

Foto Mirjam Theelen

Mirjam Theelen has studied Chemistry at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. After graduation as a MSc in 2007, she started working at TNO/Solliance. She obtained her PhD degree from Delft University of Technology in 2015, studying the reliability of CIGS solar cells. She is still working as a senior research scientist at TNO/Solliance, focusing on predicting, understanding and improving long term stability of CIGS modules, and the development of advanced methods for their lifetime and reliability studies.

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