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Solar Cell, Solar Module & Solar Array Test

Testing Solar Cells

The goal of achieving ever increasing solar cell efficiency and reduced cost demands accurate, repeatable, fast, and reliable test results. The research, design, and development work necessary to achieving superior performing, highly manufacturable solar cells, modules and arrays requires high performance test equipment. Agilent Power Supplies, Switch/Measurement units, Electronic Loads, and DMMs provide superior capability for measuring the I-V curve performance of cells, modules, and arrays in both forward and reverse polarities, in full radiation, and in shadow (darkness). Agilent´s products are well suited for making on the bench and rapid production line solar device measurements.

Producing quality solar modules and arrays in a production environment requires the characterization and sorting of solar cells. Matching the I-V performance of solar cells destined for installation in a common module or array is necessary for achieving optimum output power capability. Maximizing productivity and module or array performance means making fast, accurate and reliable measurements.

Measuring the forward I-V performance of a solar cell, module, or array involves loading the device with a constant voltage, varying the voltage in increments from zero to the device open circuit voltage (Voc), and measuring the output current. Zero volts corresponds to the maximum available short circuit current (Isc). At Voc, the measured output current of the device is zero. Measuring the reverse I-V performance of a shadowed (dark) solar device requires the application, in increments, of a reverse polarity voltage.

For more information: Solar Cell and Module Testing Application Note

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Agilent's Events for United Kingdom and Ireland 
Welcome to Agilent's Upcoming Events Page for United Kingdom and Ireland

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New Benchtop SMUs with Color GUI Meet Difficult Component Test Challenges Webcast 
Originally broadcast June 16, 2011

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New Power Device Measurement Solutions (1500 A / 10 kV) 
Original broadcast June 19, 2012

Webcast - recorded

 
PXI, AXIe, DAQ and Modular Solutions Webcast Series 
Live and on-demand webcasts, various dates in 2012

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Solar Energy – Distributed MPPT – Technology trends and testing methods - Web Seminar Recording 
In this seminar we consider the challenges that people working on micronverters and DC power optimizers are facing. After a quick overview of characteristics of solar cells and modules, we explain how to Generate I-V curves...

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Test & Measurement events in Europe, Middle East & Africa 
Test & Measurement events in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa - seminars, trade shows, user group meetings, webcasts, tutorials and conferences.

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The Fundamentals of IV Measurement 
Live broadcast Apr 10, 2012; 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern

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Tips, Techniques, and Examples on Using your System Power Supply to Improve Test Throughput Webcast 
Live broadcast April 30, 2014; 10am PT / 1pm ET

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