Atlas Material Testing Technology has introduced two new services focused on the solar market: solar simulator classification services and I-V curve tracing services. Both services are offered by Atlas' Solar/PV Center of Excellence in Phoenix.
PV testing standards require the use of specific classes of solar simulators to determine performance measurements. Atlas says it uses a portable, high-speed, multi-channel OL 770 device, measuring between 380 nm and 1100 nm, to verify that customers' testing instruments meet the standards that classify solar simulators for PV testing.
Atlas also now provides accurate I-V curves for products ranging from single PV modules to 50 kW PV systems. The company utilizes a self-contained Daystar DS-100C I-V curve tracer that auto-scales to 600 V and has 10-ampere and 100-ampere current ranges. The DS-100C includes tools to normalize, plot, analyze and print the I-V curves. It also offers an Auto-Curve mode that will capture and store I-V curves when certain pre-set conditions are met.
SOURCE: Atlas Material Testing Technology