A Study on the Lifetime Prediction of Organic Photovoltaic Modules under Accelerated Environmental Conditions

Sung Hyun Kim, Dongwhan Kim, Namsu Kim

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In this paper, the correlation between the shelf life of the encapsulated organic photovoltaic (PV) module and different damp heat conditions was investigated by calculating the total amount of water vapor permeated into the organic PV modules. The organic PV module was encapsulated with a commercially available barrier-coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate by using an optically clear adhesive. The total amount of the permeated water vapor into the module during the damp heat test was calculated by using the finite-element method. Based on simulation results from accelerated damp heat conditions, the lifetime of the module operated at 25 °C/50% relative humidity was predicted. Additionally, it was found that the dominant permeation path of the water vapor into the module is the side edge area and not the barrier-coated PET, based on results from experiment and simulation. Hence, the extension of lifetime for the encapsulated organic PV module was demonstrated by side sealing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7795244
Pages (from-to)525-531
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning under Grant 20158510060040

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011-2012 IEEE.


  • Accelerated aging
  • PV module materials
  • PV reliability testing and standards
  • encapsulation
  • encapsulation and manufacturing
  • organic photovoltaic (PV)
  • thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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