PADCON and SUNCYCLE hand in hand against PID

Hamburg | 26.Mai.2016

PID full service package – remedy for output losses in PV installations

The service and technology companies SUNCYCLE and PADCON are now offering a joint all-in-one service package which detects and eliminates potential induced degradation (PID). The PID effect occurs most commonly in crystalline photovoltaic modules and can lead to output losses, and therefore also yield losses, of up to 90 percent. This strategic partnership offers plant operators all the necessary services, from PID detection to regeneration of entire photovoltaic installations, from a single source.

Dr. Mischa Paterna, Managing Director of SUNCYCLE: “Operators who suspect that their installations are affected by PID benefit from our cooperation as we are offering them an one-stop-shop solution. To start with, SUNCYCLE performs a precise analysis of the installation. With our mobile measurement system, the modules do not even need to be dismounted, and measurements can also be taken during the day.”

SUNCYCLE has extensive experience with PID, boasting over 50 MWp of regenerated PV capacity. A cost-efficient electroluminescence test can be performed on site using the portable Compact Test Unit (CTU Flex EL). If the measurement confirms the suspicion of PID, PADCON Float Controllers are installed to regenerate the affected modules. They are anti-PID boxes, also known as offset boxes, which are connected in parallel to the installation near to the inverter. Whilst the inverter is inactive, these “PID killers” raise the PV field to a high voltage, which regenerates the degraded modules.

This way, even seriously degraded modules can often be recovered up to 90 percent of the original output after 4 or 5 weeks. As the companies have learnt through their customer projects, recognizing the PID effect as early as possible is paramount, not only to avoid yield losses, but also to maximize the probability of being able to fully remedy the affected modules. According to their experience, a module whose output has fallen to 30% of the original output level cannot be fully regenerated.

PADCON Managing Director, Constantin Wenzlik: “We have been working on PID prevention and regeneration since 2011, and draw on experience from over 1,000 installed devices in 20 countries around the world. Our Float Controller product family includes solutions for all power ratings and installation sizes with string or central inverters.”

PADCON and SUNCYCLE offer their joint services in Germany and throughout Europe. Enquiries regarding their product range can be directed to both companies.

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