Modules put to the endurance test: Ammonia and salt spray tests
On roofs of farms, the modules can be exposed to high ammonia load, especially if they are near vents or integrated into the roof itself. If, in combination with high humidity, condensation forms, the ammonia can become problematic.
TÜV Rheinland and DLG test the resilience of the modules when exposed to an environment containing ammonia through standardised testing procedures. In order to pass the test, it is crucial that the performance does not excessively decrease, no visible defects occur and that the insulation remains intact even when wet.
For solar modules in coastal areas: Salt spray tests
In coastal areas, the PV modules are excessively exposed to salty air. The salt spray tests according to IEC 61701 expose the modules at a 15-30° angle and 35°C air temperature over a period of 96 hours to spray containing salt in a laboratory environment. Using the following controls (insulation exposed to wet conditions, visual inspection, etc.), corrosion around holes, screw connections and electrical connections are detected.
In this table, you can find an overview of the TRITEC module manufacturers and most important certificates.
Sea Salt Spray, Ammonia, PV Cycle
|Manufacturer||Sea Salt Spray||Ammonia||PV Cycle|
|Hareon Solar||In preparation||TÜV (IEC 62716)||Full member|
|Kyocera||JET (IEC 61701) pending||Self declaration||Full member|
|Sanyo||TÜV (IEC 61701)||TÜV (IEC 62716)||Full member|
|Solarworld||SGS (IEC 61701)||DLG Certificate||Full member|
|SCHOTT Solar||TÜV (IEC 61701)||DLG Certificate||Full member|
|Suntech||VDE (IEC 61701)||TÜV (DIN 50916)||Full member|
|Bosch||TÜV (IEC 61701)||pending||Full member|
MCS and Made in EU
|Manufacturer||MCS||Made in EU||PID Effect|
|Hareon Solar||BABT certificate||-||in progress|
|Kyocera||BRE global certificate||TÜV Certificate||Self declaration|
|Sanyo||BRE global certificate||TÜV certificate||in progress|
|Solarworld||BRE global certificate||VDE certificate||Self declaration|
|SCHOTT Solar||BBA certificate||VDE certificate||Self declaration|
|Suntech||BBA certificate||-||Self declaration|
|Bosch||BRE global certificate||TÜV Certificate||Self declaration|