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David C. Miller, Matthew T. Muller, Michael D. Kempe, Kenji Araki, Cheryl E. Kennedy and Sarah R. Kurtz Durability of polymeric encapsulation materials for concentrating photovoltaic systems Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 21

Article first published online: 7 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.1241

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The durability of polymeric encapsulation is examined for the concentrating photovoltaic application. A thermal runaway-mediated combustion mechanism was observed for hydrocarbon materials, particularly when the secondary optic was absent or particulate contamination was present. Behaviors including densification, cracking, and haze formation were observed for certain silicone materials.

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