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IEC 61215-1:2016 lays down requirements for the design qualification and type approval of terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules suitable for long-term operation in general open-air climates, as defined in IEC 60721-2-1. This standard is intended to apply to all terrestrial flat plate module materials such as crystalline silicon module types as well as thin-film modules. The objective 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. This first edition of IEC 61215-1 cancels and replaces the second edition of IEC 61215, published in 2005; it constitutes a technical revision. This edition of IEC 61215-1 includes the following significant technical changes with respect to the second edition of IEC 61215:2005 and the second edition of IEC 61646:2008: a) New standard series structure consistent with other IEC standards: Part 1 lists general requirements, Part 1-x specifics for each PV technology and Part 2 defines testing. All tests defined in Part 2 are MQTs (module quality tests). b) Sampling procedure rewritten (Clause 4). c) Marking requirements better defined for name plate and general documentation. d) Pass/fail criteria have been divided into two 'gates'. Gate No. 1 verifies the initial maximum power at STC with respect to name plate rating and Gate No. 2 defines the power loss during accelerated aging testing. e) Revised hot-spot endurance test (MQT 09). f) Update of the other tests to be consistent with changes in IEC 61646. g) Removal of the method for measuring temperature coefficients and reference to IEC 60891. h) Definition of NMOT as the nominal module operating temperature measured with the module under maximum power conditions. i) Rewriting of the standard using NMOT instead of NOCT and reference to future IEC 61853-2 for the test procedure. j) Rewriting of the robustness of termination test (MQT 14) to include evaluation of both cables and junction boxes. k) Stabilization of PV modules implemented. This replaces either light soaking procedure from IEC 61646 or preconditioning from IEC 61215.
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Status Registered trilingual Belgian standard EN or FR or DE
Situation Replaced by  NBN EN IEC 61215-1:2021
Partly replaces  NBN EN 61215:2005
Committee TC 82
Responsible De heer VAN HECKE Luk
BEC Approval 2016-04-13
NBN Approval 2017-01-27
Belgian Official Journal 2017-02-21
Registration 176353
ICS-Code (International Standards Classification) 27.160
NBN Status New
Date of ratification (d.o.r.) 2016-04-13
Date of availability (d.a.v.) 2016-12-09
Date of announcement (d.o.a.) 2017-03-09
Date of publication (d.o.p.) 2017-06-09
Date of withdrawal former edition (d.o.w.) 2019-12-09
Correspondences with international standards
Relation International standard Date
is identical to EN 61215-1:2016 2016-12-09
is identical to IEC 61215-1:2016/ed. 1.0 2016-03-09
Relations to belgian/foreign publications
Type Origin Code Date
Standard Foreign CLC/TS 61836
Standard Foreign IEC 60050 series
Standard Foreign IEC/TS 62915:201X
Document Foreign ISO/IEC Guide 98-3
Standard Belgium NBN EN 60269-6
Standard Belgium NBN EN 60891
Standard Belgium NBN EN 60904-1
Standard Belgium NBN EN 60904-10
Standard Belgium NBN EN 60904-3
Standard Belgium NBN EN 61215-2
Standard Belgium NBN EN 61730-2
Standard Belgium NBN EN 61853-1
Standard Belgium NBN EN 61853-2
Standard Belgium NBN EN ISO/IEC 17025