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KYOCERA Solar Modules Tested to Show Only Minimal Power Output Degradation After 20 Years in the Field
France‘s first grid-tied solar power installation recently lab tested, demonstrating reliable long-term performance
20-year-old installation of Kyocera solar modules in France
still performs with a high power output level
A sampling of the modules were tested after 20 years
The 945-watt installation was commissioned in 1992 by Hespul, a French non-profit organization involved in the promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency. The installation consists of 15 modules each with an output of 63 watts. In the constantly innovating field of solar energy, 20 years is a long time, which makes the long-term performance and efficiency of these modules manufactured with the technology available at that time particularly remarkable. For the past 20 years, as a leader in innovative solar module technology, Kyocera has been able to further enhance the reliability and efficiency of its modules.
As one of the pioneers in the field of renewable energies, Kyocera started R&D of solar energy as early as 1975, and the company is one of only a few in the solar industry that can lay claim to real-life, tried-and-tested solar power generating systems which have been operating with high performance for upwards of 28 years straight, including such installations in Japan (est. 1984), Sweden (est. 1984), and China (est. 1985).
Further illustrating their high quality and reliability, Kyocera‘s solar modules were the first in the world to be certified by TUV Rheinland's Long-Term Sequential Test; and the non-profit Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP‘s potential induced degradation (PID) test demonstrated that Kyocera‘s modules did not show any degradation after being subjected to high voltage stress testing.