Q-Lab Corp., a provider of weathering test equipment and services, and several partners have awarded $2.9 million for a Solar-Durability and Lifetime Extension Center project, as part of the Ohio Third Frontier program. The other program collaborators are Case Western Reserve University (program lead), DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, Xunlight26 Solar, eQED and Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
The award will provide Ohio companies with the resources necessary to evaluate and reduce degradation in their products caused by solar radiation and environmental factors. The research is aimed at both raw materials and complete modules utilized in solar photovoltaic panels. According to the project partners, the technology will allow the companies to provide longer service lifetimes, improved product warranties and lower cost of ownership to end users.
For the project, Q-Lab will provide a suite of its QUV fluorescent UV weathering testers, Q-SUN xenon-arc light stability chambers, and Q-FOG cyclic corrosion testers. Q-Lab will also provide outdoor exposure testing at its Florida and Arizona Weathering Research Service facilities.