Solar simulator for photovoltaic modules
The pulsed light solar simulator of Eurac Research measures the electrical performance of photovoltaic modules. The tests allow, for example, verification of the performance guaranteed by the manufacturer or comparison of the yield of different technologies by subjecting them to the same controlled and repeatable conditions.
The solar simulator (class “AAA” according to the international standard IEC 60904-9) with thermal control of the test conditions precisely reproduces the solar spectrum. It measures the characteris¬tic curve IV of the photovoltaic module under standard conditions (defined by IEC 60904). Furthermore, the measurements determine both the performance of the module in different combinations of irradiance (0-1000 W/m2) and temperature (5-75° C) and its temperature coefficients.
Company service expertise
Laboratory tests can become part of a broader collaboration between research and business that starts with the design of a prototype and ends with the creation of a product ready for the market, including simula¬tion phases, specific tests and optimisation. Collaborating with Eurac Research researchers means the assurance of consolidated know-how devel¬oped in international networks and applied in numerous projects with local companies that focus on quality and reliability of modules, the study of the solar resource and the integration of photovoltaics within build¬ings and networks.
The renewable energy laboratory of Eurac Research is accredited by the Italian accreditation body Accredia
and performs testing activities in accordance with the requirements of UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005.
Click here to view the accreditation certificate and the list of accredited tests.
Laboratory financed by FESR-EFRE project Nr. 2-1a-97 PV Initiative
We gratefully acknowledge the traceability to the SI unit of irradiance via the ESTI laboratory within Directorate C – Energy, Transport and Climate at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre