New research project "PolymerCHECK" started at HI-ERN
October 2020 - HI-ERN scientists have started a new research project "PolymerCHECK"
HI ERN scientists have started work on a new project in October. The main focus of the "PolymerCHECK" project is the development of a field-suitable measurement technique to characterize the material composition of backsheets in PV modules.
Many backsheets (certain polymer combinations attached to the back of the module) are under investigation as part of PolymerCHECK since backsheets are responsible for various failures of PV-Systems in the field. The goal of the project is to develop a system that makes it possible to identify the composition of a backsheet in the field and to find out whether these materials are capable of fulfilling their function of protecting the modules over the long service life (typically 20 years or longer).
Of particular interest to the researchers in this project is the question of what influence the degradation of the polymers has on the performance, i.e. the electricity yield of the modules during operation.
Dr. Buerhop-Lutz, the responsible project manager, says about her research project: "It is highly exciting to use available data and measurements to detect or make visible material changes and their effects".
PolymerCHECK is a cooperation between the companies SUNTEC Energiesysteme GmbH, Ingenieurbüro Mencke & Tegtmeyer GmbH, SKZ GmbH and HI ERN. The project is coordinated by ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V. as part of the ZIM Network MobiInspec. PolymerCHECK is funded by the BMWi as part of the ZIM funding and is scheduled to run until March 2023.