Compare Model Drawings, CAD & Specs Simulator Class Lamp Type Lamp Wattage Output Beam Size Beam Uniformity Availability Price
Oriel Sol3A class aaa solar simulator
3 Weeks
94023A Class AAA Xenon 450 W 50.8 x 50.8 mm ≤2%
3 Weeks
Oriel Sol3A class aaa solar simulator
In Stock
94043A Class AAA Xenon 450 W 101.6 x 101.6 mm ≤2%
In Stock
Oriel Sol3A class aaa solar simulator
6 Weeks
94063A Class AAA Xenon 1000 W 152.4 x 152.4 mm ≤2%
6 Weeks
Oriel Sol3A class aaa solar simulator
6 Weeks
94083A Class AAA Xenon 1600 W 203.2 x 203.2 mm ≤2%
6 Weeks
94123A Class AAA Xenon 1600 W 304.8 x 304.8 mm ≤2%
94123A-CPV Class AAA Xenon 1600 W 304.8 x 304.8 mm ≤2%

Features

Oriel Solar Simulator Set Up Demonstration

Getting any solar simulator up and running is a straightforward process, as demonstrated in this video.

Class AAA Spectral Match

An ideal spectral match for a solar simulator is based on the percentage of the integrated light intensity in 6 spectral ranges. A Class AAA solar simulator may not deviate more than 0.75 to 1.25 times the ideal percentage in each spectral range. Spectral match for an Oriel Sol3A with AM 1.5G spectral correction filter is shown to easily meet IEC, JIS, and ASTM Class A requirements.

Class AAA Spatial Uniformity of Irradiance

The irradiance uniformity over the work area is the most difficult Class AAA requirement to achieve and maintain. Hot spots can lead to significant errors in measured cell efficiency and can cause inaccurate binning of cells. The Class AAA spatial non-uniformity performance standard is designed to minimize the impact of hot spots and has a very stringent requirement of ≤2%. The plot shows the uniformity of the irradiance across a typical 2 x 2 in. simulator working area. Each unit will come with a plot of irradiance non-uniformity.

Class AAA Temporal Instability

Temporal Instability is the third performance parameter of Class AAA standards. It requires that the output light be stable over time in order to ensure that the lamp fluctuations do not distort the measurement of solar cell efficiency. Oriel’s Sol3A easily meets the requirements for temporal instability as defined by the IEC, ASTM, and JIS standards. The IEC 60904-9 (2007) has the most stringent requirements for short term instability with a maximum allowable level of 0.5%. Shown is a typical instability response of 0.369% at 50 ms intervals for an 1.6 kW Sol3A solar simulator.

Integrated Partial Sun Attenuator

A Variable Aperture feature is integrated into all Sol3A simulators that provides user variable partial sun illumination capability. The range of attenuation is from 0.1 - 1.0 Sun. Uniformity at partial illumination maintains a minimum Class B uniformity per the IEC, JIS, and ASTM standards. The simple to use dial control provides infinite control of attenuation. Spectral performance and temporal stability maintain Class A performance at any attenuation.

Integrated Shutter

The Oriel Sol3A Solar Simulator includes an upgraded shutter for production-environment operation. The newly designed shutter for the Class AAA systems is a rugged, single-blade shutter designed for >1 million cycles. Historically, our real-world performance has exceeded 10 million cycles on units in the field for many years. The shutter has a minimum exposure time of 200 ms and can be controlled via a contact closure or logic level input, or a convenient push-button switch on the illuminator housing.

Power Supply

The Oriel regulated power supply incorporates over 40 years of experience in high voltage power supply design to provide constant electrical power to the xenon lamp. The power supply is CE compliant and features universal AC mains operation for use anywhere in the world. Lamp usage can be monitored in accumulated hours from the power supply, because it is important to replace the lamp at the end of its rated life to maintain the minimum 1 sun output and spectral characteristics. The lamp’s output will significantly decrease and change spectrally with continued use beyond its rated life.

Maintaining the Oriel Sol3A Solar Simulator

Oriel Sol3A Solar Simulators maintain Class AAA compliance during the rated "performance lifetime" of the lamp. When the lamp is replaced, the instrument should be realigned to maintain Class AAA compliance. Irradiance uniformity is the most difficult Class AAA requirement to meet and maintain. In order to facilitate the measurements and adjustments necessary to maintain Class A uniformity, the Newport team offers a field recertification service peformed by a qualified engineer. Extended warranties and installation service are also available. Contact Newport Sales for further information.