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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

Oct. 10, 2022 – "Project Updates and Progress at Sandia’s Field Test Site" presented by Elizabeth Palmiotti and Bruce King, Sandia Register for the webinar.

Previous Webinars

Sept. 19, 2022 – "A Retrospective of DuraMAT's First 5 Years" presented by Michael Owen-Bellini, NREL

July 11, 2022 – "Performance and Soiling Losses From the PV Fleet Performance Data Initiative" presented by Chris Deline and Matt Muller, NREL 

May 9, 2022 – "Reliability Implications of Recent PV Module Technology Trends" presented by Jarett Zuboy and Martin Springer, NREL; Elizabeth Palmiotti, Sandia; Teresa Barnes, Joe Karas, Brittany Smith, and Michael Woodhouse, NREL

April 2022 – "Data Analytics for Solar PV: Case Studies in EL Imaging and Re-Analysis of Field Data" presented by Xin Chen and Baojie Li, Lawrence Berkeley Lab

February 2022 – "Multi-Scale Multi-Physics Modelling of Photovoltaic Systems: A Co-Development Approach" presented by Philippe Nivelle, Universiteit Hasselt 

January 2022 – Updates From “Advanced Material Development To Support Low-LCOE 25-Year Flexible Photovoltaic Modules” and "A Comparison of Emerging Non-Fluoropolymer-Based Co-Extruded PV Backsheets to Industry-Benchmark Technologies" presented by Mike Kempe, NREL; Hoi Ng, Sunpower; and David Miller, NREL 

November 2021 – "Combined-Accelerated Stress Testing: PV Modules and BOS Components" presented by David Miller and Peter Hacke, NREL 

October 2021 – "Effect of Moisture and Temperature on the Deflection of Encapsulated Cells" presented by David Fenning, University of California San Diego 

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 Working Group Update" 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