PLatypus: Simple Field Photoluminescence Imaging with Low Cost and Very High Resolution
DuraMAT is developing an open-source, multi-camera nighttime photoluminescence imaging system called PLatypus.
PLatypus is a non-contact, low-profile, low-cost, very high-resolution alternative to existing field imaging techniques. It can collect a ~100-megapixel image of a photovoltaic (PV) module in a few seconds with no electrical connection to the PV module.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
PLatypus produces images that enable 100% inspection of fielded modules for cracked cells.
PLatypus is an open-source project. The hardware designs and software will be available to everyone for free.
T J Silverman, M G Deceglie, M Owen-Bellini, W B Hobbs, C Libby. Cracked solar cell performance depends on module temperature. Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference, 2021.
T J Silverman, M Bliss, A Abbas, T Betts, M Walls, I Repins. Movement of cracked silicon solar cells during module temperature changes. Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference, 2019.
T J Silverman, M G Deceglie, K VanSant, S Johnston, I Repins. Illuminated outdoor luminescence imaging of photovoltaic modules. Proceedings of the 44th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference, 2017.
To learn more about this project, contact Tim Silverman.