First Solar Series 6 completes test protocol at CSA Group’s PV Test Lab

First Solar’s Series 6 thin film PV module technology has met completion criteria in the newly published CSA/ANSI C450 (»PV Module Testing Protocol for Quality Assurance«), administered by CSA Group’s PV test lab, CFV Solar Test Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to the company, the test results provide confidence in the harsh climate durability and long term performance of Series 6 modules. CSA/ANSI C450 consists of a portfolio of extended environmental tests including temperature cycling, damp heat exposure, mechanical load testing, UV exposure and PID (Potential Induced Degradation) testing.
Lou Trippel, First Solar’s Vice President of Product Management, said, Series 6 attained IEC and UL certification earlier this year, and that CSA/ANSI C450 is the third of three major independent laboratory tests successfully completed in 2018 that support Series 6 reliability and durability in extreme conditions. In October, VDE completed Thresher Test evaluation of the Series 6 module, and long term sequential testing followed in November.

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