Sandia National Laboratories Study on the Solar Panel Corrosion

Corrosion of the photovoltaic (PV) panels is the major problem being faced today. Therefore, the researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories have taken the task of studying the corrosion of these PV panels for increasing its lifespan and reliability.

Sandia National Laboratories Study on the Solar Panel Corrosion

According to the Sandia materials reliability researcher, Eric Schindelholz, the corrosion of these PV materials basically depends on the environment and material, thus making it a greater challenge for the researchers to study on. The designing and prediction of the ways to reduce the corrosion process is a great challenge for the researchers.

As per Olga Lavrova, of Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Integration department, there is a connection between the corrosion and the arc faults risk in PV systems’ electrical connections. Additionally, Erik Spoerke, of Electronic, Optical and Nano Materials department, urges the utilization of new nanocomposite films to increase reliability.

The primary goal is to study “how fast corrosion occurs and how the environment and material help it occur?” which in turn will help designing or developing the right materials for the PV systems for a certain environment and reduce the operational risk as the system ages.

As per the study conducted in 2002 by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers, the repairing of the corrosion of the metals used in the industrial, manufacturing, and infrastructure cost about $276 Billion annually. The researchers are speeding up the development of the new materials for the PV modules, lowering the solar generated power, and increasing the reliability.

Hence, Durable Module Materials National Lab Consortium is trying to bridge the gap between the research labs and industries in order to benefit the society.