An Eye on Agilent Test & Measurement

September 11, 2009

Live Webcast: Developing Terrestrial Solar Cell/Module I-V Characterization

Filed under: Solar Cell Testing,Uncategorized — janetsmithagilent @ 2:09 pm

You’re invited to attend this complimentary webcast, airing September 23, 2009 at 1 pm EDT.  The explosive growth in the solar industry has intensified the need for solar cell and module test and measurement solutions.  Either turnkey solutions or test-system building blocks with software are available.  However, real tradeoffs must be made between cost, speed-to-test and swift solution obsolescence due to this industry’s rapidly developing technologies.  This Webcast will provide insight on configuring and implementing a flexible I-V characterization solution for high-powered solar cells, modules, and solar concentrators that has the unique ability to capture I-V curves under illuminated conditions, or characterize the dark or reverse bias region of the cell or module under test.  The solution discussed in the Webcast will decrease test costs without sacrificing performance, while increasing test flexibility to handle a rapidly changing testing environment.

Who should view this webcast:
Designers/manufacturers/installers of solar cells, solar panel, solar concentrators or solar power systems for residential and commercial terrestrial solar applications.

Registrants who completely fill out the feedback form by December 23, 2009 will be eligible to win one of two $75.00 gift cards.


September 1, 2009

Choices for measuring solar-cell output power

Filed under: Application Notes,Solar Cell Testing — janetsmithagilent @ 7:56 pm

Check out this article by Agilent’s Bob Zollo on measuring solar-cell output power.

In a world dealing with environmental issues and energy shortages, the promise of clean, renewable energy from solar power is driving development of solar-cell technologies. This growth in the solar industry has intensified the need for solar-cell (and solar-module) test and measurement solutions and, as solar-cell size and efficiency grow, cell testing involves managing higher current and power levels, creating the need for more-flexible test equipment.

For more information, Agilent Technologies offers application note Solar Cell and Module Testing, publication number 5990-3262EN.

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