Abstract

A solar simulator for measuring performance of large area concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules is presented. Its illumination system is based on a Xenon flash light and a large area collimator mirror, which simulates natural sun light. Quality requirements imposed by the CPV systems have been characterized: irradiance level and uniformity at the receiver, light collimation and spectral distribution. The simulator allows indoor fast and cost-effective performance characterization and classification of CPV systems at the production line as well as module rating carried out by laboratories.

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  1. A. Bett et al., "High-concentration PV using III-V solar cells," in Proceedings of IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2006)
  2. W. Keogh and A. Cuevas, "Simple Flashlamp I-V Testing of Solar Cells," in Proceedings of IEEE 26th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1997).
  3. I. Antón, R. Solar, G. Sala, and D. Pachón, "IV Testing of Concentration Modules and Cells with Non-Uniform Light Patterns," Proceedings of the 17th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (2001), pp. 611-614.
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  5. C. A. Gueymard, D. Myers, and K. Emery, "Proposed reference irradiance spectra for solar energy systems testing," Solar Energy  73, 443-467 (2002).
    [CrossRef]
  6. ISO 15387:2005 Space systems -- Single-junction solar cells -- Measurements and calibration procedures (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2005).
  7. ASTM E 2527 - 06 Standard Test Method for Rating Electrical Performance of Concentrator Terrestrial Photovoltaic Modules and Systems Under Natural Sunlight (ASTM International, West Conshohocken, United States, 2006).

2002 (1)

C. A. Gueymard, D. Myers, and K. Emery, "Proposed reference irradiance spectra for solar energy systems testing," Solar Energy  73, 443-467 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Emery, K.

C. A. Gueymard, D. Myers, and K. Emery, "Proposed reference irradiance spectra for solar energy systems testing," Solar Energy  73, 443-467 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Gueymard, C. A.

C. A. Gueymard, D. Myers, and K. Emery, "Proposed reference irradiance spectra for solar energy systems testing," Solar Energy  73, 443-467 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Myers, D.

C. A. Gueymard, D. Myers, and K. Emery, "Proposed reference irradiance spectra for solar energy systems testing," Solar Energy  73, 443-467 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Solar Energy (1)

C. A. Gueymard, D. Myers, and K. Emery, "Proposed reference irradiance spectra for solar energy systems testing," Solar Energy  73, 443-467 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Other (6)

ISO 15387:2005 Space systems -- Single-junction solar cells -- Measurements and calibration procedures (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2005).

ASTM E 2527 - 06 Standard Test Method for Rating Electrical Performance of Concentrator Terrestrial Photovoltaic Modules and Systems Under Natural Sunlight (ASTM International, West Conshohocken, United States, 2006).

A. Bett et al., "High-concentration PV using III-V solar cells," in Proceedings of IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2006)

W. Keogh and A. Cuevas, "Simple Flashlamp I-V Testing of Solar Cells," in Proceedings of IEEE 26th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1997).

I. Antón, R. Solar, G. Sala, and D. Pachón, "IV Testing of Concentration Modules and Cells with Non-Uniform Light Patterns," Proceedings of the 17th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (2001), pp. 611-614.

J. Kiehl, K. Emery, and A. Andreas, "Testing Concentrator Cells: Spectral Considerations of a Flash Lamp System," Proceedings of the 19th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (2004).

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