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Achieving a 40-year module warranty through data science and engineering

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How long does a solar system last? On March 3, Maxeon will show how testing, field data, modelling, and design enhancements have given the company enough confidence to support a 40-year warranty.


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Achieving a 40-year module warranty through data science and engineering

How long does a solar system last? It’s a question for anyone installing, or considering installing, solar. It should last longer than the 25-year product warranties that accompany most modules, and certainly longer than the 20-year feed-in tariff timespan relevant for most residential markets. But in short, we still don’t really know.

Following its spin-off from SunPower Corporation in 2020, Maxeon Solar Technologies continues to build upon a 35-year foundation. Over that time, the company has accumulated decades of performance data and technical insights. Enough, so that it recently began issuing a combined 40-year product and performance warranty. Maxeon previously published information substantiating a 40-year useful life for its SunPower Maxeon Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) technology in 2015, but additional testing, field data, modelling, and design enhancements have taken the manufacturer further yet.

In this pv magazine Webinar, Maxeon will show how they have engineered out the most common solar module failure modes through the unique properties of its IBC cell technology. Maxeon will expand on the design of the technology, as well as the resulting robust protection against environmental stresses and common failure modes, such as hotspots. It’s advanced engineering combined with extensive field data and modeling, have given Maxeon the confidence to support a 40-year warranty.

Joining this webinar will be Omnidian, a company which provides monitoring and maintenance service to more than 1,500 Megawatts of installed capacity in the residential and commercial segments. Omnidian will share firsthand data on comparative degradation rates of systems with Maxeon technology.

pv magazine Webinar content:
· Expected performance impact over time from major degradation and failure modes
· Eliminating failures from:
o Shading and formation of hotspots
o Cell cracking and thermal stresses
o Humidity and corrosion
· Omnidian review of their machine learning based methodology
· Q&A

Attendees will have the opportunity to put their questions to the speakers and become part of the discussion. Bella Peacock, Editor at pv magazine Australia will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Chris O’Brien | Vice President, APAC - Maxeon Solar Technologies

Chris O’Brien is Vice President of Maxeon Solar Technologies in APAC. With over 14 years in the solar industry, Chris has helped to drive the rise of residential, commercial and utility-scale applications of solar technology across APAC. A veteran of the solar industry, Chris’ wealth of knowledge and experience has steered the company's expansion in APAC and beyond.

Darren Hoffman | Sales & Technical Training Manager, APAC - Maxeon Solar Technologies

Darren has spent 15 years driving top sales and product performance through his thorough understanding of the solar market and experience as a senior energy sales manager. His expertise covers the full product cycle and partner sales process, along with intricate knowledge of evolving solar technology from his time with organisations such as SAE Group and SunPower Corporation.

Gareth Walker | Data Science Manager, Omnidian

Gareth Walker is a data science manager at Omnidian. He has an academic background in physics and career focussed on asset O&M in water and energy utilities. The data science team at Omnidian apply statistical and physical models to Omnidian’s vast data resources in order to protect and accelerate investments in clean energy and deliver an amazing customer experience. Most recently they have developed tools to remotely and automatically diagnose PV performance issues, as well as statistical models to predict the influence of hardware and location in PV system performance.


Bella Peacock | Editor, pv magazine Australia

Bella completed her MA in English Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, living and working in Berlin and Sarajevo for four years before returning home to Australia in 2019. She joined pv magazine Australia in 2020, after 18 months working as a digital producer for Nine, and has since become completely engrossed by the world of renewable energy, technology and sustainability. Bella has completed a BA in Media Arts & Production at Sydney’s University of Technology.

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