Solar Micro Inverter Testing
Extracting maximum energy
Terrestrial solar micro inverter designers and manufacturers must ensure their products are capable of extracting and delivering the maximum power that is available from the solar modules to which they are attached. Power available from a solar module is highly dependent on its illumination and temperature. The maximum available power is known as the maximum power point (MPP), and it changes with operating conditions. For inverter design, development and qualification, it is critical to test with a variety of MPPs. To obtain a full range of MPPs and other operating points from a solar module with which to test your inverter, it must be exposed to a predictable, repeatable and broad range of illumination and temperature conditions for extended periods. That is impractical to do in a test environment with a solar module. The Agilent E4360 solar array simulator will provide controllable, consistent, stable, and wide-ranging solar module performance.
Use the Agilent E4360 solar array simulator to:
- Develop and verify performance of inverter peak power tracking circuits and algorithms
- Measure and verify inverter efficiency
- Verify the ability of the inverter to produce power grid level output from low to high voltage extremes
- Perform qualification tests ― confirm inverter performance during or after exposure to environmental conditions
- Perform accelerated lifecycle tests
- Perform certification tests
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Agilent: Powering the Solar Revolution
This brochures presents Agilent's solutions for testing solar cells, panels, modules and inverters.
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Micro Inverter Test Using Solar Array Simulator
See a video on testing a microinverter using an Agilent Technologies E4360A solar array simulator.
Solar Panel Test Using DC Load
See a video on using an Agilent electronic load to capture an IV curve from a 40 W solar module.
Testing Terrestrial Solar-Powered Inverters Using Solar Array Simulation Techniques
This application note describes how to test terrestrial solar-powered inverters using solar array simulation techniques.
Application Note 2009-06-01
Generating I-V Curves with the Agilent E4360A Solar Array Simulator Using the Parameters Voc, Isc, N
Application Note 2009-03-12