The award will provide Ohio firms with the resources necessary to evaluate and reduce degradation in their products caused by solar radiation and environmental factors.

The other partners include Case Western Reserve University, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, Xunlight26 Solar, eQED, and Underwriters Laboratories.

The research is aimed at both raw materials and complete modules utilized in solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

The technology will allow the companies to provide longer service lifetimes, improved product warranties, and lower cost of ownership to end-users.

Q-Lab will provide a suite of its advanced QUV fluorescent UV weathering testers, Q-SUN xenon-arc light stability chambers and Q-FOG cyclic corrosion testers for the project.

Q-Lab will also provide outdoor exposure testing at its Florida and Arizona Weathering Research Service facilities.