KYOCERA SOLAR MODULES ACHIEVE "PERFORMANCE LEADER" RATING IN GTM RESEARCH'S RELIABILITY SCORECARD

KYOCERA is Only Manufacturer to Earn Highest Rating Across All PV Module Tests

07 August 2014

Kyoto / Neuss − Kyocera Corporation announced today that Kyocera is the only solar module manufacturer to rank as a Performance Leader in all six categories in independent testing by PV Evolution Labs, as reported in GTM Research’s July 2014 PV Module Reliability Scorecard.

The report ranks performance of the 15 participating manufacturers in three categories: Performance Leaders, Middle Performers or Low Performers.

“With the exception of one manufacturer, Kyocera, no company consistently ranked within the Performance Leaders group for all test regimens,” GTM Research noted. “Results showed that most producers that performed well in one test did not necessarily perform well in all tests.”

The tests included Temperature Cycling, Dynamic Mechanical Load, Humidity Freeze, Damp Heat, and two Potential Induced Degradation Tests – both Positive and Negative. PV Evolution Labs’s stringent test protocols exceeded the current industry standards to emulate various real-world climatic conditions over lifetime periods while observing power degradation performance of the solar modules being evaluated.

“Kyocera has proven time and again, both in independent testing and by solar modules performing uninterruptedly in the field for decades, that our modules are able to consistently produce clean, renewable energy even in the harshest conditions,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar Inc. “GTM Research’s Reliability Scorecard is an important tool for investors and developers who seek independent verification that Kyocera modules exceed world-class levels of quality and reliability and are the best choice for their solar installations.”

Kyocera solar modules consistently demonstrate high reliability:

  • In March 2014, Kyocera solar modules passed TUV Rheinland’s rigorous Salt Mist Corrosion Test, Edition 2, Severity Level 6.
  • Kyocera modules are certified PID (Potential Induced Degradation) resistant, exhibiting no performance degradation after high-voltage stress testing, by the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics.
  • Kyocera solar modules were the first in the world to be certified by TÜV Rheinland’s Long-Term Sequential Test in 2010.
  • In addition, Kyocera solar modules have shown to be the best long-term-performing modules in the systems that were installed and began operation in October 2008 at Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre (DKA), a government-funded public showcase of solar installations, demonstrating a range of solar power technologies from many of the world's leading manufacturers. *


“Two-thirds of today’s cumulative solar capacity has been installed within the last three years, and PV installations are forecast to quadruple by the end of the decade, growing from 128.3 GW at the end of 2013 to 528.1 GW by the end of 2020,” GTM Research stated. “Against this backdrop of strong demand, any systemic quality issues would affect an exponentially increasing proportion of PV projects.”

* Desert Knowledge Australia, the Australian Government, the Northern Territory Government and the project managers, CAT Projects, do not endorse, and accept no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the outcomes and conclusions associated with the use of data from the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre.

 
For more information about Kyocera: www.kyocera.eu

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