Solar Simulators and Solar Cell I-V Measurement Systems

IV21 Solar Cell I-V Testing SystemPV Measurements turn-key I-V measurement systems save time and money by enabling you to measure your devices quickly and accurately.

This system includes the light source, the measurement electronics, computer, and software needed to measure solar cell I-V curves. 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.

The solar simulator and test fixture are selected according to your requirements. Sweep range, direction, and rate are adjustable.

Basic System Features

  • Class-ABA solar simulator
  • Computes solar cell parameters including Voc, Isc, Jsc, Vmax, Imax, Pmax, and efficiency
  • Measures light and dark I-V characteristics
  • Irradiance monitor to compensate for lamp flicker and drift
  • Uses 4-wire interface to test device mounting and contacting fixtures
  • Automatic solar simulator shutter control
  • Computer, LCD monitor, keyboard, and I-V measurement software
  • Instruction manual

Options

  • Setup and training at customer's siteIV5 Current-Voltage Testing System
  • Class-AAA solar simulator (instead of Class-ABA)
  • Alternative solar simulator beam sizes, including 21 cm x 21 cm, 16 cm x 16 cm, 10 cm x 10 cm, and 5 cm x 5 cm
  • Flexible current and voltage ranges
  • Temperature-controlled vacuum test fixture
  • Provide measurement results to your database
Overview of the different I-V testing systems from PV Measurements, Inc.
IV5 IV10 IV16 IV16K IV21 IV21K IV30

Solar Simulator Area

50 mm x
50 mm
100 mm x
100 mm
156 mm x 156 mm 208 mm x 208 mm 300 mm x 300 mm

Irradiance Monitor

Voltage Ranges

± 2.0 V
± 10.0 V
± 2.0 V
± 20.0 V
± 2.0 V ± 2.0 V
± 20.0 V
± 2.0 V ± 2.0 V
± 20.0 V
± 2.0 V
± 20.0 V

Current Ranges

0.1 mA
1.0 mA
10 mA
100 mA
1.0 A
3.0 A (optional)
5.0 A (optional)

0.1 mA
1.0 mA
10 mA
100 mA
1.0 A
3.0 A (optional)
5.0 A (optional)

± 4.0 A
± 10.0 A
± 16.0 A

0.1 mA
1.0 mA
10 mA
100 mA
1.0 A
3.0 A (optional)
5.0 A (optional)

± 4.0 A
± 10.0 A
± 16.0 A

0.1 mA
1.0 mA
10 mA
100 mA
1.0 A
3.0 A (optional)
5.0 A (optional)

0.1 mA
1.0 mA
10 mA
100 mA
1.0 A
3.0 A (optional)
5.0 A (optional)

4 Wire Connection to Customer's Devices

Solar Simulator Class

ABA
AAA (optional)
AAA

ASTM Method E 948-09 compliant

Setup and Training at Your Site

Optional, contact PV Measurements, Inc. for details.

Reverse Bias Leakage Test Function

Optional

Computed Solar Cell Parameters

Voc, Isc, Jsc, Vmax, Imax, Pmax, and efficiency

Automated Cell Handling Interface

Optional

Measures Dark and Light I-V Characteristics

Other options are available; contact us to discuss your requirements. Please note that customized systems are designed to meet your needs. Individual systems vary in appearance, components, and features.

Please review the Solar Cell I-V Measurement System Catalogand contact PV Measurements at pvmsales@pvmeasurements.com to let us configure the solar cell measurement system for your research.

Measure the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of any type of solar cell, including:

  • Mono crystalline silicon (Si)
  • Multi crystalline silicon (mc-Si)
  • Amorphous silicon (a-Si)
  • Gallium arsenide (GaAs)
  • Gallium indium arsenide (GaInAs)
  • Gallium aluminum arsenide (GaAlAs)
  • Gallium indium phosphite (GaInP)
  • Cadmium telluride (CdTe)
  • Indium phosphite (InP)
  • Zinc oxide (ZnO)
  • Copper indium selenide (CIS)
  • Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS)
  • Dye sensitized (DSSC)
  • Inorganic
  • Organic
  • Polymer
  • Single junction
  • Multi junction - we do not offer spectrally-adjustable solar simulators
  • Substrate
  • Superstrate
Call +1 303.386.3950 or email pvmsales@pvmeasurements.com to discuss your photovoltaic characterization needs.