IV-16 Solar Cell I-V Measurement System

Measure the I-V characteristics of solar cells with a size of 160 mm x 160 mm such as 156 mm x 156 mm silicon solar cells with the IV16 turn-key solar cell measurement system. The system automatically computes critical parameters of your system such as Voc, Isc, Jsc, Vmax, Imax, Pmax, and efficiency.

  • Measures light and dark I-V characteristics
  • Irradiance monitor to compensate for lamp flicker and drift
  • Computes solar cell parameters: Voc, Isc, Jsc, Vmax, Imax, Pmax, and efficiency
  • 4-wire connection to customer's test device mounting and contacting fixture
  • Automatic solar simulator shutter control

This system includes the light source and the measurement equipment needed to measure solar cell I-V curves on cells up to 16 x 16 cm. Its solar simulator illuminates the test device while the electronic load sweeps the cell voltage from a reverse-bias condition, through the power quadrant, and beyond Voc. The system’s computer gathers data, calculates solar cell parameters, generates printable test reports, and saves test data in text files. Sweep range, direction, and rate are adjustable.

Basic System Features

  • Class-ABA solar simulator with continuous 160 x 160 mm beam
  • Voltage range: ± 2.0 V
  • Current ranges: ± 16, 10, 4 A
  • Computer, LCD monitor, keyboard and I-V measurement software
  • Instruction manual
  • ASTM Method E 948-09 compliant


  • Class-AAA solar simulator (upgrade from Class-ABA)
  • Additional current and voltage ranges
  • Temperature-controlled vacuum test fixture
  • Provide measurement results to your database
  • Binning function
  • Reverse-bias leakage test
  • Attenuated light measurement capability for Rseries calculation
  • Interface with your automated cell-handling equipment
  • Setup and training at customer's site
  • Other options are available; please contact us to discuss your requirements
Call +1 303.386.3950 or email pvmsales@pvmeasurements.com to discuss your photovoltaic characterization needs.