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Q-Lab Offers Complimentary Copies of ASTM E3006 for Weathering Testing of Photovoltaic Modules

Posted: 12-5-2015

Q-Lab Corporation is excited to offer customers a complimentary electronic copy of the newly published ASTM E3006 standard, “Standard Practice for Ultraviolet Conditioning of Photovoltaic Modules or Mini-Modules Using a Fluorescent Ultraviolet (UV) Lamp Apparatus.”  Q-Lab customers simply need to complete a short online form and ASTM will send the new standard via email.

IEC 61215 and 61646 are widely recognized standards for defining the performance characteristics of most of the world's photovoltaic energy products. One of their important stress tests called out by these standards is called UV conditioning. Although the UV stress is defined, the standards offer little guidance on how to actually perform a test to meet the requirements. ASTM E3006 fills this gap by leveraging well-known technology from ASTM G154 to perform one component of the photovoltaic module design qualification process.

Q-Lab was instrumental in the development of ASTM E3006, and has purchased a bulk set of copies of the new standard for distribution to its customers.  A limited quantity of complimentary copies is available. To obtain one, fill out the information on the form found at www.q-lab.com/astme3006

The new standard was the idea of ASTM E44 Chairman David Burns and Q-Lab’s Sean Fowler, who proposed the work item during July, 2012 committee meetings in San Francisco.  “The IEC committee devoted to standards for modules (TC82/WG2) is already working on a huge number of documents, so it cannot devote resources to clearly articulate every test method. Since this is one of the strengths of ASTM, it made a lot of sense to standardize a method for the IEC photovoltaic module UV conditioning tests within E44,” says E3006 project leader Fowler, who also participates in IEC. 

The world famous QUV accelerated weathering tester is capable of readily performing the new test on small modules or mini-modules. For more information, visit www.q-lab.com.

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