Testing of an anti-soiling coating for PV module cover glass

Soiling of solar module cover glass can significantly reduce the module power output. Coatings can be applied to the cover glass surface to reduce adhesion and make the surfaces easier to clean. These coatings should be resilient and resistant to environmental damage. A hydrophobic anti-soiling coating was exposed to a variety of environmental and abrasion stress tests. The hydrophobic performance of the coating was measured by monitoring the water contact angle and the water roll off angle after exposure to a range of environmental and mechanical stress tests. The coating was shown to be highly resistant to damp heat and thermal cycling. However, it was degraded by UV exposure and damaged during abrasion tests. The coating was also exposed to outdoor testing to compare the laboratory results with real performance degradation.