Atlas Material Testing Technology announced plans for its fourth Atlas Technical Conference on Aging and Evaluation, focusing on the durability of materials, components, and systems for the solar-energy industry. The conference is planned for Dec. 8-9, 2009, at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Phoenix, AZ.
The company said various materials such as glass, plastics, polymers, sealants, and metals are used to build photovoltaic modules, concentrating dishes, and other systems to convert solar into thermal or electrical energy. These systems are typically expected to last 20, 30, or even 40 years. As a result, appropriate accelerated testing of the long-term durability of individual components as well as the complete system is considered crucial in product development, quality control, and certification testing.
A group of industry experts will convene for the two-day conference on the latest developments, research, and innovative approaches addressing solar durability and efficiency testing. Scheduled conference speakers will include Kent Whitfield, Miasole; James E. Pickett, GE Global Research; Norbert Henze, Institute for Solar Energy Technology (ISET); Dieter Haus, Weiss Umwelttechnik; Sarah Kurtz, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Mike Kempe, NREL; Richard Fischer, 3M (retired; William Murray, Medtronic; and Michael Köhl, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).
An optional tour of Atlas’ Solar Test Center of Excellence is also planned.
More information on the conference is available on the website located at www.solardurability.com, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.