Consensus stability testing protocols for organic photovoltaic materials and devices

Matthew O. Reese, Suren Gevorgyan, Mikkel Jørgensen, Eva Bundgaard, Sarah R. Kurtz, David S. Ginley, Dana C. Olson, Matthew T. Lloyd, Pasquale Morvillo, Eugene A. Katz, Andreas Elschner, Olivier Haillant, Travis R. Currier, Vishal Shrotriya, Martin Hermenau, Moritz Riede, Kiril R. Kirov, Gregor Trimmel, Thomas Rath, Olle InganäsFengling Zhang, Mattias Andersson, Kristofer Tvingstedt, Monica Lira-Cantu, Darin Laird, Christine McGuiness, Srinivas Gowrisanker, Michael Pannone, Min Xiao, Jens Hauch, Roland Steim, Dean M. DeLongchamp, Roland Rösch, Harald Hoppe, Nieves Espinosa Martinez, Antonio Urbina, Gülsah Yaman-Uzunoglu, Jörg-Bernd Bonekamp, Albert J.J.M. van Breemen, Claudio Girotto, Eszter Voroshazi, Frederik C Krebs

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    Procedures for testing organic solar cell devices and modules with respect to stability and operational lifetime are described. The descriptions represent a consensus of the discussion and conclusions reached during the first 3 years of the international summit on OPV stability (ISOS). The procedures include directions for shelf life testing, outdoor testing, laboratory weathering testing and thermal cycling testing, as well as guidelines for reporting data. These procedures are not meant to be qualification tests, but rather generally agreed test conditions and practices to allow ready comparison between laboratories and to help improving the reliability of reported values. Failure mechanisms and detailed degradation mechanisms are not covered in this report.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSolar Energy Materials & Solar Cells
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)1253-1267
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Bibliographical note

    This work was supported by the Danish Strategic Research Council
    (DSF2104-07-0022), EUDP (, European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant
    agreement no. 215150 of the OPERA project partially supported by
    the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF
    13N9872) and the U.S.Department of Energy under Contract No.
    DE-AC36-08GO28308 with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


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