Terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules — Design qualification and type approval — Part 1-4: Special requirements for testing of thin-film Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 based photovoltaic (PV) modules
1 Scope and object
This part of IEC 61215 lays down IEC requirements for the design qualification and type
approval of terrestrial photovoltaic modules suitable for long-term operation in general openair
climates, as defined in IEC 60721-2-1. This document is intended to apply to all thin-film
Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)2 based terrestrial flat plate modules. As such it addresses special
requirements for testing of this technology supplementing IEC 61215-1:2016 and IEC 61215-
2:2016 requirements for testing.
This document does not apply to modules used with concentrated sunlight although it may be
utilized for low concentrator modules (1 to 3 suns). For low concentration modules, all tests
are performed using the current, voltage and power levels expected at the design
The object of this test sequence is to determine the electrical and thermal characteristics of
the module and to show, as far as possible within reasonable constraints of cost and time,
that the module is capable of withstanding prolonged exposure in climates described in the
scope. The actual lifetime expectancy of modules so qualified will depend on their design,
their environment and the conditions under which they are operated.
This document defines PV technology dependent modifications to the testing procedures and
requirements per IEC 61215-1:2016 and IEC 61215-2:2016.