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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.

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Paving the Way for Research and Innovations - Brochure 
This is a selection guide for engineering researchers. It highlights the key research areas that Agilent is involved in, and solutions that can help to meet the research & development objectives.

Promotional Materials 2014-05-07

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Capture an IV curve of a solar module part 2 of 2 
Using Agilent’s NEW 34972A data acquisition unit and N6784A SMU while varying temperature of the module. (2:37 min)

Demo 2011-11-16

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Capture an IV curve of a solar module part 1 of 2 
Using Agilent’s NEW N6784A SMU under varying light conditions. (3:40 min)

Demo 2011-11-16

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Testing High Power Solar Cells and Modules Using Agilent's Electronic Load 
Using an Agilent electronic load to capture an I-V curve from a 40 W solar module. A simple program is used to plot the I-V curve along with the power curve.

Demo 2011-05-24

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Learn more about Agilent’s Alternative Energy Test Solutions 
Request tools and technical information you need to help you to Learn more about Agilent’s Alternative Energy Test Solutions AND get an REC / Renewable Energy Certificate

Promotional Materials 2010-06-25

 
Agilent: Powering the Solar Revolution 
This brochures presents Agilent's solutions for testing solar cells, panels, modules and inverters.

Brochure 2010-06-18

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Solar Cell and Module Testing 
This application note describes how to decrease costs and increase flexibility for solar cell and module testing with Agilent products and solutions.

Application Note 2009-12-07

Characterizing the I-V Curve of Solar Cells and Modules 
This measurement brief explores the various test and measurement tools you can use for I-V curve characterization and provides tips to help you choose the instrument or instruments that best fit your solar cell or module measurement needs.

Application Note 2009-12-02

I-V Curve Characterization in High-Power Solar Cells and Modules 
This unique application note discusses capturing the I-V curve of a high power solar cell or module under illuminated conditions and offers the ability to characterize the dark or reverse bias region of the cell or module under test.

Application Note 2009-09-30

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AN B1500-14 IV and CV Characterizations of Solar/Photovoltaic Cells Using the B1500A 
This application note shows how the B1500A can be used to evaluate a variety of solar cell types.

Application Note 2009-08-07

Top 5 Reasons to Use Agilent Precision SMU Products for Solar Cell Evaluation 
Agilent Parameter & Device Analyzers can improve the yields and efficiencies of your solar cells.

Promotional Materials 2009-08-05

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Solar Cell I-V Test System 
Agilent I-V tester solution can measure the performance of various PV devices such as Silicon/ Thin film/ multi-junction in different power ranges.

Data Sheet 2009-06-22

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Using Two Power Supplies for Higher Current Solar Cell Characterizing  
This application note describes the Agilent 663XB Power Supplies connected in anti-series to achieve four-quadrant operation for Solar Cell and Module Testing.

Application Note 2009-04-29