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Potential Induced Degradation (PID)

Potential Induced Degradation (PID) is a process that occurs in photovoltaic (PV) cells when the system has a negative potential relative to the ground. As a result, the PV module’s efficiency decreases over time. Although PID is a relatively new concept and is not widely understood, techniques already exist to minimise its undesirable effects. The prevention of these adverse effects mainly involves changes in the material used and the system design. However, for systems already affected by PID or for those susceptible to it, a device has been developed that reverses the polarity of the array, forcing the negative charge out of the module.

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