Accelerated Life Testing Lab

Climatic chamber for research and industry for climatic and accelerated life tests on industrial products.

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climatic tests on photovoltaic modules© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
climatic tests on plastics and electrical devices© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
automotive climatic tests© Eurac Research - Annelie Bortolotti
IEC 61215 climatic tests© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà

The climatic chamber (1.3 x 1.5 x 2.2 m) simulates accelerated life cycles to evaluate the degradation of the performance of industrial products such as photovoltaic modules, plastics and electronic components. Cycles include controlled conditions of temperature and humidity.

Climatic chamber

The Angelantoni PV4500 climatic chamber incorporates a system of humidification, refrigeration, heating and dehumidification to fully control the conditions of temperature and humidity to which the test sample is subjected. Temperatures of -40° C to + 90° C and relative humidity from 20% to 95% can be reproduced.

Testing on photovoltaic modules and other component

The chamber can accommodate up to 10 standard-sized photovoltaic modules. The tests it can perform comply with the international standards and simulate the environmental conditions to which a photovoltaic system is exposed during its life cycle, accelerating the times of its natural degradation. It is also possible to test plastic materials and electronic components.

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Company service expertise

Laboratory tests can become part of a broader collaboration between research and business that starts with the design of a prototype and ends with the creation of a product ready for the market, including simulation phases, specific tests and optimisation. Collaborating with Eurac Research researchers means the assurance of consolidated know-how, developed in international networks and applied in numerous projects with local companies that focus on quality and reliability of modules, the study of the solar resource and the integration of photovoltaics within buildings and networks.

Laboratory financed by FESR-EFRE project Nr. 2-1a-97 PV Initiative

Testing of industrial products for companies

  • cold and dry heat environmental accredited tests (Link to the Accredia tests list)
  • accelerated degradation/ageing test
  • climatic tests on photovoltaic modules
  • automotive climatic tests
  • climatic tests on plastics
  • climatic testing of electrical devices
  • humidity tests

Accredited lab

The renewable energy laboratory of Eurac Research is accredited by the Italian accreditation body Accredia and performs testing activities in accordance with the requirements of UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018. Click here to view the accreditation certificate and the list of accredited tests.

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