Jabil Solar and Environmental Test Center

Accelerating the Development of Dependable Solar

The Jabil Solar and Environmental Test Center (JSEC) was created in 2011 to assist our customers in every stage of the Photovoltaic (PV) module development cycle, such as PV component evaluation, module design, manufacturing, reliability testing and failure analysis. JSEC offers PV module qualification testing programs per IEC 61215, 61646, 61730 and UL 1703; and chamber tests for inverters & micro-inverters per IEC 62093, UL 1741 and many others.

The PV Component Evaluation Program

The Photovoltaic (PV) module and system design starts with the selection of the right components. The PV Component Evaluation program provided by JSEC, combined with Jabil's strong supply chain logistics, helps our customers select quality components at an affordable price.

The PV Component Evaluation program allows PV module and system manufacturers to identify high quality and reliable components to create their superior Bill of Materials (BOM). Additionally, component suppliers can learn about relative ranking of their product with respect to their competitors in terms of performance, reliability and manufacturability. This program provides specific and actionable feedback to improve the identified weaknesses in the product.

Did You Know?

  • With in-house experiments and predictive modeling, JSEC has shown that many commercially available bypass diodes, or junction boxes, will NOT meet the expected 25 year lifetime.
  • Our customers can save cost and increase the credibility of their product by quantitatively evaluating the expected service life of bypass diodes for various failure modes for different end-use environments.
  • JSEC's PV Ribbon evaluation program is very effective in identifying PV ribbon types that have successfully optimized the performance and reliability.

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PV Module Design and Prototyping

JSEC's PV Module Design and Validation service ensures that our customers not only choose the right components but that those components will deliver the desired performance when combined to form a PV module. This is made possible thanks to the JSEC's large database of module designs, component interactions and their effects.

Prototypes are used to validate a design before pilot production or demonstrate a proof of concept for a novel technology. JSEC has the equipment and skills necessary to build full-size 60/72 cell PV modules or any custom size coupons using any BOM provided by our customers. JSEC also has expertise in cutting solar cells to custom shapes and building modules using "cut-cells."

Did You Know?

  • Our customers have saved significant time and resources down the line by an early-stage evaluation of their module designs and BOMs for manufacturability, compliance to qualification and safety standards, long-term reliability, ease of installation and aesthetic quality.
  • JSEC has partnered with several universities and research groups across the world to build custom PV coupons for demonstrating proof of concept of novel technologies.
  • JSEC is actively partnering with other research organizations as a subcontractor on government funding opportunities. 

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Testing, Powered with Advanced Analytics

Testing, when combined with advanced analytics and the power of Big Data, can provide new frontiers to study device integration. JSEC's approach combines in-situ characterization techniques, real-time monitoring, strong data analytics and advanced failure analysis to deliver significant, untapped information to our customers.

Did You Know?

  • Thanks to the large walk-in environmental chambers, JSEC can perform environmental testing on objects much bigger than PV modules, including washing machines and refrigerators.
  • As demonstrated at JSEC's outdoor test facility, several PV module degradation mechanisms such as PID, snail trails, corrosion and delamination are known to accelerate in hot and humid environments such as Florida.
  • JSEC can perform in-situ EL imaging while the module is under mechanical load in order to study crack opening and closing and estimate worst-case power loss from cell cracks after field exposure.
  • Using the Smart MLT setup, JSEC can perform mechanical load tests at subzero temperatures or, for that matter, under any environmental conditions attained by the chambers.

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Failure Analysis

JSEC, in collaboration with Jabil Global Failure Analysis Lab, provides state-of-the-art failure analysis to our customers. Non-destructive techniques such as Optical, EL, IR and X-ray imaging are used to locate failure sites in components. Destructive techniques, including coring through a PV module and decapsulation of semiconductor devices, are used to isolate the samples from failure sites for further analysis. Material characterization techniques such as SEM, EDX and FTIR are used for determining the root cause of failure.

Did You Know?

  • Many bypass diode failure mechanisms don't result in any visible signatures, therefore X-ray imaging is essential for identifying type of failure and its location within the diode.
  • JSEC has developed a specialized process for extracting samples from PV modules that prevents localized shattering of the tempered glass during coring.

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Contact Us

For more details about our technical capabilities and services offered, please download our presentation.

Technical inquiries, including quotations for services:

Vivek Gade 
Manager, Jabil Solar and Environmental Test Center 
Phone: +1 727-803-3988 
Email: Vivek_Gade@Jabil.com

Commercial Matters, including PV module manufacturing:

Jean-Marie Siefert
Jabil Business Unit Director
Email: Jean-Marie_Siefert@Jabil.com

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