Konica Minolta Sensing Americas Inc. (KMSA) has launched the AK-300 PV reference cell, which the company says is the industry's first dedicated dye-sensitized solar reference cell.
Now available, the AK-300 is the latest addition to the AK series of reference cells. Reference cells are used as a standard point of calibration to ensure consistent measurements of newly developed photovoltaic cells, KMSA explains. The latest cell was developed in conjunction with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology and utilizes KMSA's optical filter technology.
The cell has been designed using an optical filter mounted on a stable crystalline silicon solar cell rather than using traditional dye materials. It is a completely integrated cell with connectors for I-V measurement as well as temperature measurement.