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DuraMAT hosts monthly webinars to share recent work by DuraMAT collaborators and give the PV research community a chance to ask questions and suggest future research directions.

Upcoming Webinars

Nov. 8, 2021 – "Combined-Accelerated Stress Testing: PV Modules and BOS Components" presented by David Miller and Peter Hacke, NREL. Register for webinar.

Dec. 13, 2021 – No webinar. Enjoy the holidays!

Jan. 10, 2022 – Topic coming soon.

Previous Webinars

October 2021 – "Effect of Moisture and Temperature on the Deflection of Encapsulated Cells" presented by Mariana Bertoni, Arizona State University. 

September 2021 – "Glass/Glass Focus Group: Modules Technology and Durability Roadmap" presented by Dana Kern-Sulas, NREL and Archana Sinha, SLAC.

August 2021 – "Updates to the Instant Online PV LCOE Calculator Tool" presented by Brittany Smith, NREL.

July 2021 – "Cell Cracking Focus Group" presented by Martin Springer, NREL, Jenn Braid, Sandia and Oliver Zhao, Stanford.

May 2021 – "Understanding Polymer Materials Properties for PV Module Reliability" presented by Michael Owen-Bellini, NREL and Soňa Uličná, SLAC. 

April 2021 – “The Impacts of Module Reliability and Lifetime on PV in the Circular Economy" presented by Teresa Barnes, Silvana Ayala, and Heather Mirletz, NREL. 

March 2021 – "Characterization of Silicon Photovoltaic Module Durability Guided by Luminescence and Thermal Imaging" presented by Dana Kern, NREL.

January 2021 – "Degradation Analysis with Real-World PV Power Plant Data" presented by Todd Karin, LBL, and Cliff Hansen, Sandia. 

December 2020 – "Boron-Oxygen and Ultraviolet Light Induced Degradation (BO LID and UV LID) and Light and Elevated Temperature Induced Degradation (LeTID) Impacts to Photovoltaic Module Performance and System Economics" presented by Michael Woodhouse, Ingrid Repins, David Miller, and Peter Hacke, NREL.

November 2020 – "Detailed Investigations into PV Cell Cracks—Why Some Cracks Can Lead to Power Loss" presented by Josh Stein, Sandia, and Cara Libby, EPRI.

October 2020 – "A Fluid Solver for Studying Torsional Galloping in Solar-Tracking PV Panel Arrays" presented by Ethan Young, NREL.

September 2020 – "Adding Climate Effects to the Online LCOE Calculator in DataHub" presented by Brittany Smith, NREL.

August 2020 – "A Researcher's Guide to the DuraMAT Data Hub: How To Make It Work for Your Project and Research" presented by Robert White, NREL.

July 2020 – "Multi-Scale Modeling of Photovoltaic Module Electrically Conductive Adhesive Interconnects for Reliability Testing" presented by Nick Bosco, NREL.

June 2020 – "A Pathway To Reduce Operations and Maintenance Expenses by Mitigating Cracked Solar Cells and Hot Spot Formation" presented by Sang Han, Osazda and University of New Mexico; Mike Woodhouse, NREL. 

May 2020 – "An Overview of Backsheet Materials for Photovoltaic Modules" presented by Michael Owen-Bellini, NREL.

April 2020 – "Measuring and Understanding Moisture Ingress for Photovoltaics" presented by Matt Reese, NREL.

March 2020 – "On the Costs and Benefits of Combined Accelerated Stress Testing (C-AST) for PV Project Economics" presented by Mike Woodhouse & Peter Hacke, NREL; Tristan Erion-Lorico, PVEL.

February 2020 – "Data Driven Approaches for Analyzing PV System Performance and Reliability" presented by Bennet Meyers, Standford University.

January 2020 — "How Might Machine Learning Help To Advance Solar PV Research?" presented by Anubhav Jain, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. 

December 2019 — "Demonstrating New Concepts for Reliable Low-Cost Module Encapsulation and Moisture Barrier Technologies" presented by Reinhold Dauskardt, Stanford. 

November 2019 — "Low-Cost, Crack-Tolerant Metallization: A Materials Engineering Solution to Module Reliability" presented by Sang Han, Osazda and University of New Mexico. 

October 2019 — "Multi-Scale, Multi-Physics Modeling Capabilities towards Predicting PV Reliability" presented by James Hartley, Sandia.

September 2019 — "Testing at Scale: Methods and Challenges Associated with Curated, Grid-Tied PV System Research" presented by Bruce King, Sandia.

August 2019 — "Materials Forensics for Understanding PV Module Material Durability" presented by Laura Schelhas, SLAC.

July 2019 — "Overview of Encapsulant Materials and Other Sealing Polymers in Photovoltaic Modules" presented by Ashley Maes, Sandia.

May 2019 — "Development of Combined and Sequential Accelerated Stress Testing for Derisking Photovoltaic Modules" presented by Peter Hacke, NREL.

April 2019 — "An Introduction to the DuraMAT DataHub" presented by Robert White, NREL.

February 2019 — "The Role of Reliability and Durability in Photovoltaic System Economics" presented by Michael Woodhouse, NREL. 

January 2019 — "Si PV: Present and Future Challenges" presented by Paul Stradins and David Young, NREL.