While most households never need to worry about Ammonia corrosion, those living amongst farmlands and especially near livestock farms, are already aware of the damage it can cause.
Ammonia is a corrosive gas that can react with certain materials used in solar panels, such as the metal contacts and connectors. Prolonged exposure to ammonia can lead to corrosion, which may affect the electrical conductivity of the components and, ultimately, the performance of the solar panels.
Corrosion on the surface of solar panels can reduce their overall efficiency by interfering with the flow of electricity. Even minor corrosion can lead to energy losses over time, impacting the panels’ ability to generate electricity at their full capacity.
The long-term durability of solar panels exposed to ammonia depends on the specific materials and protective coatings used in their construction. High-quality panels designed with resistance to environmental factors, including ammonia exposure, are more likely to maintain their performance over time.
One commonly referenced standard for evaluating the resistance of solar panels to ammonia exposure is IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) 62716. This provides a test procedure for determining the susceptibility of photovoltaic (PV) modules to potential-induced degradation (PID), which can occur due to various environmental stresses, including the presence of ammonia.
Solar panel manufacturers typically provide warranties that cover various aspects of panel performance. However, exposure to harsh chemicals like ammonia may void warranties or limit the manufacturer’s liability for any resulting damage.
Winaico’s solar panels however have a level 6 certification which is the highest [ossible standard of resistance against environmental factors such as Ammonia and Salt-Mist Spray, which is why our warranty is one of the few that will cover instances like seaside installations.
Learn more about our 3-in-1 warranty and Insurance for all our solar panels here.