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.
Challenges faced by PV module manufacturers
JSEC approach to PV Component Evaluation
Identifying ribbons that cause high residual stress in cells
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.
A laminator of size 229 cm x 133 cm
60-cell PV module prototyping at JSEC
A completed 18-cell module
A mini-module made with cut-cells powering an LED display
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."
JSEC capabilities at a glance
Smart Mechanical Load Testing (MLT) setup
Environmental testing for solar and other customers
JSEC rooftop module testing facility
Infrared imaging identifies hot cells and hot bypass diodes
On-site evaluation of PV power plants
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.
High resolution 2D X-ray analysis
(Left) Decapsulated diode (Right) X-ray showing metallic diffusion
Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX
PV ribbon grain size analysis
Electroluminescence imaging followed by sample extraction
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.
For more details about our technical capabilities and services offered, please download our presentation.Technical inquiries, including quotations for services:
Manager, Jabil Solar and Environmental Test Center
Phone: +1 727-803-3988
Jabil Business Unit Director