09/03/2016

Solar Innova achieves a new quality certification and compliance with International Electrotechnical Standard (IEC 61215 and IEC 61730) for monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar photovoltaic modules.

 

IEC 61215

La Norma IEC/EN 61215 lays down requirements for the design qualification and type approval of terrestrial solar PV panels suitable for long-term operation in general open-air climates.

 

It applies to all terrestrial flat plate module materials such as crystalline silicon panel types as well as thin-film solar panels.

 

The objective of this test sequence is to determine the electrical and thermal characteristics of the solar PV panels and to show, as far as possible within reasonable constraints of cost and time, that the PV module is capable of withstanding prolonged exposure in climates described in the scope.

 

Part 1 of IEC 61215 lists general requirements and Part 2 defines testing. All tests specified in Part 2 are MQTs (module quality tests).

 

The following table summarizes the test procedures of the IEC 61215:
10.1 Visual inspection Pass
10.2 Performance at STC Pass
10.3 Insulation test Pass
10.4 Measurement of temperature coefficients Pass
10.5 Measurement at NOCT Pass
10.6 Performance at NOCT Pass
10.7 Performance at low irradiance Pass
10.8 Outdoor exposure test Pass
10.9 Hot-spot endurance test Pass
10.10 UV-exposure according IEC 61345 Pass
10.11 Thermal cycling Pass
10.12 Humidity freeze test Pass
10.13 Damp heat test Pass
10.14 Robustness of terminations test Pass
10.15 Wet leakage current test Pass
10.16 Mechanical load test Pass
10.17 Hail test Pass
10.18 Bypass diode thermal test Pass
10.19 Stabilization Pass

IEC 61730

La Norma IEC/EN 61730 standard has been issued to further examine solar PV panels safety against electrical shock, fire hazard, mechanical and structural safety.

 

 

This standard is divided into two parts:

 

IEC 61730-1

  • This part of IEC 61730 describes the fundamental construction requirements for Solar PV panels to provide safe electrical and mechanical operation during their expected lifetime.

  • Specific topics are presented to assess the prevention of electrical shock, fire hazards, and personal injury due to mechanical and environmental stresses.

IEC 61730-2

  • Provides the testing sequence intended to verify the safety of Solar PV panels whose construction has been assessed by IEC 61730-1.

  • The test sequence and pass criteria are designed to detect the potential breakdown of internal and external components of PV modules that would result in fire, electric shock, and/or personal injury.

  • The standard defines the basic safety test requirements and additional tests that are a function of the PV module end-use applications.

  • This standard is designed so that its test sequence can coordinate with those of IEC 61215 , so that a single set of samples may be used to perform both the safety and performance evaluation of a Solar PV panel design.

 

The following table summarizes the test procedures of the IEC 61730 (MST stands for Module Safety Test):
MST 01 Visual inspection Pass
MST 02 Performance at STC Pass
MST 03 Maximum power determination Pass
MST 04 Insulation thickness test Pass
MST 05 Durability of markings Pass
MST 06 Sharp edge test Pass
MST 07 Bypass diode functionality test Pass
MST 11 Accessibility test Pass
MST 12 Cut susceptibility test Pass
MST 13 Continuity test of equipotential bonding Pass
MST 14 Impulse voltage test Pass
MST 16 Insulation test Pass
MST 17 Wet leakage current test Pass
MST 22 Hot-spot endurance test Pass
MST 23 Fire test Pass
MST 24 Ignitability test Pass
MST 25 Bypass diode thermal test Pass
MST 32 Module breakage test Pass
MST 33 Screw connections test Pass
MST 34 Static mechanical load test Pass
MST 35 Peel test Pass
MST 36 Lap shear strength test Pass
MST 37 Materials creep test Pass
MST 42 Robustness of terminations test Pass
MST 51 Thermal cycling test Pass
MST 52 Humidity freeze test Pass
MST 53 Damp heat test Pass
MST 54 UV test Pass
MST 55 Cold conditioning Pass
MST 56 Dry heat conditioning Pass

 

Monocrystalline Modules

 

Certificate IEC/EN 61215-61730 (pdf)

Polycrystalline Modules

 

Certificate IEC/EN 61215-61730 (pdf)
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