A large area (3.2m2) continuous solar simulator allows evaluation of the performance and detailed characterization of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. The angle of the assembly can be varied from horizontal to vertical in order to investigate the effect of natural convection within thermal collectors.
How does it work?
To measure the output performance of solar thermal collectors (efficiency curves) and photovoltaic modules (I-V curves) independent of weather conditions a device which provided a continuous source of photons is required.
There are two principle possibilities for producing simulated sunlight, either flashing lights or steady-state sun simulators.
The simulators have a number of advantages over flashing lights being of rugged, reliable construction, possessing controllable, stable and programmable lighting conditions, and integral data acquisition devices.
Solar Cells; solar cell electrical performance; solar cell longevity test
Sample handling requirements:
Maximum solar test area of 1.4m x 2.3m, Test cell fully ready for testing with integral electrical 'hookup' available.
Dr Ian Hancox, 024 76 150380 email i dot hancox at warwick dot ac dot uk
Typical results format, and sample:
|Warwick collect/analyse data|
|Warwick collect data|
|Available to user with expertise/ contribution|
|Spare capacity for collaborative research|