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Sep 19, 2012
Panasonic HIT® Photovoltaic Cells Demonstrate High PID Resistance
Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation today announced that its HIT photovoltaic module's high-level of resistance to potential induced degradation (PID) has been verified by the results of tests conducted within and outside the company. The test conditions set by the third party organization were very stringent among those applied for various PID tests reported by several organizations. The successful passing of such a severe endurance test has confirmed the high quality and high reliability of Panasonic HIT modules.
PID is a phenomenon in which power output of photovoltaic modules is reduced when they are subjected to external factors such as high temperature and humidity, under the condition that a high voltage is applied across the internal circuits (photovoltaic cells) and the grounded frame. PID can occur in high-temperature and high-humidity environments, where the system voltage is high.
Panasonic intends to accelerate development and commercialization of photovoltaic cells with high quality and high reliability and to work on expanding the business globally.
*1 Chemitox, Inc. is a professional organization that carries out safety evaluation tests, photovoltaic cell evaluation tests, etc., and is certified as a third party testing laboratory by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in accordance with ISO/IEC17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories), furthermore, is approved as the outside related testing laboratory by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a U.S. certification organization and National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) in accordance with the UL testing laboratory accreditation standard (GTSM: Global Technical Service Manual) for some materials.
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.
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