Large-area solar simulators: critical tools for module manufacturing

Published: August 1, 2008

By Harvey B. Serreze, Advanced Technology Engineer & Product Manager, Spire Corporation; Roger G. Little, Chief Executive Officer and President, Spire Corporation

The importance of rapid and accurate measurement of the electrical power output and related characteristics of photovoltaic (PV) modules or panels concluding the manufacturing process cannot be overemphasized. Even though these modules will likely be deployed under a variety of outdoor solar illumination conditions, they must be tested under a set of standard conditions to assure consistency of results demanded by both the manufacturer and the customer. The ability to provide a measurement tool for this critical manufacturing step that possesses the proper specifications and qualities, ranging from spectral accuracy to ease-of-use, is imperative.

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