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Durasol is a platform of scientific equipment for testing the durability solar materials and systems. Any type of solar energy systems is considered like photovoltaic, solar thermal or concentrated solar power.

For outdoor testing under real operation conditions, a large spectrum of different stress factors are available : UV, Thermal cycling, Salt Spray, High humidity and temperature, as well as high system voltages for PID studies.
Furthermore, advanced lab equipment allows for accelerated durability testing under controlled conditions.

Outdoor stress testing under real operation conditions

The test sites have been selected to present a maximum stress available under real operation conditions.

Stress factor Climate Localization Technology
UV, Thermal cycling high alpine climate Pic de Bure (French Alpes) PV
Salty Sea Spray Mediterranean seaside Vignola (Corsica) PV/ST/CSP
High Voltage Potential Cadarache (South France) PV
High temperature Low concentration Cadarache (South France) CSP
High Temperature Integration in Mediterranean Building Cadarache (South France) PV/ST
High Temperature and snow Integration in pre-alpine Building Le Bourget du Lac (French Alpes) PV/ST/CSP
High humidity and temperature Tropics La Réunion (Indian ocean) PV/ST/CSP
High industrial emissions Les Renardières (Paris area) PV
High Temperature + Dust Desert Burkina Faso (Africa) PV

PV=Photovoltaics, ST=Solar Thermal, CSP=Concentrated Solar Power

> A complete equipment list available for testing services is shown here.

Advanced lab equipment allows for accelerated durability testing

The lab equipment available allows for testing small samples or full size modules.

Field Localization Technology Partner
Polymer Studies Clermont-Ferrand PV/ST/CSP ICCF
Mechanical Studies Lyon PV/ST/CSP LAMCOS
Optoelectrical and material characterizations Marseille PV IM2NP
Weathering chambers
Systems characterization
Optical characterization
Material characterization
Le Bourget du Lac PV/ST/CSP CEA
PV Trakker Les Renardière PV EDF

PV=Photovoltaics, ST=Solar Thermal, CSP=Concentrated Solar Power

Note that the lab equipment available allows for testing small samples or full size modules.

> A complete equipment list available for testing services is shown here.