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LED Solar Simulator, Class ABA, MiniSol


Benefits of LEDs

Unlike typical lamp based solar simulators, LED based solar simulators have lamp lifetimes that can exceed 10,000 hours and do not require a long warm up time. Shuttering can be accomplished by simply turning the output on and off; no mechanical shutter is required. Careful attention to the design and the use of solid state LEDs allow the MiniSol model LSH-7320 to be mounted in any output orientation to fit a variety of application needs.

Long lifetime; no mechanical shutter

Class ABA Solar Spectrum

If your application doesn’t require the highest level of uniformity of illumination, a Class ABA system may work for you. Class ABA systems still provide the highest spectral match performance (Class A) as defined by the most recent standards from the IEC and JIS. The Class ABA systems provide a cost effective option that provides you durable Oriel® solar simulator technology, the name you have trusted for 40 years as a quality supplier, backing their products utilizing the worldwide Newport network of resources. For more information about these solar simulator standards, please see our "Solar Simulator Standards — Definitions & Comparisons" technical note.

10,000 Hour LED Lifetime

The typical lifetime of LEDs of over 10,000 hours removes the need to change expensive and hazardous bulbs. The LEDs come up to a stable operating power within 100 msec. This allows the unit to be shut off between tests without having to wait for the lamp to stabilize or sacrificing the integrity of the test results. This results in an effective lamp usage time several times over a conventional lamp and eliminates the need for shutters on the output. (Note that the 10,000-hour lifetime pertains only to the LEDs and not necessarily to the solar simulator system.)

Flexible Light Source Orientation

The use of solid state LEDs and robust optical mounting hardware makes it possible to orient the head in any position to fit a variety of applications. To aid in positioning the light source, a variable height adjustment mount is included along with a laser pointer indicator to ensure a test cell is always at the correct placement under the head. The flexibility of the MiniSol model LSH-7320 solar simulator allows the user to tailor the simulator to the test and not the test to the solar simulator.

Optional Reference Cell

A calibrated reference cell is an integral part of solar simulator calibration and solar cell I-V characterization. The Oriel model 91150V consists of a readout meter and a 2 x 2 cm calibrated solar cell made of monocrystalline silicon. The cell is also equipped with a thermocouple assembled in accordance with IEC 60904-2. The certification is accredited by NIST to the ISO-17025 standard and is traceable both to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and to the International System of Units (SI). It reads solar simulator irradiance in "SUN" units; where one SUN is equal to 1000 W/m2 at 25 °C and AM 1.5G. The meter includes two connectors for analog outputs for the sun irradiance and the temperature.
We also offer reference cells with KG5 windows in place of the quartz window.

Oriel PVIV System Demo

Demonstration on the initial set up and test measurement of an Oriel PVIV station. This video uses the Oriel MiniSol LED solar simulator model LSH-7320 connected to a PVIV-1A kit.

PhotoVoltaic Calibration Lab

We are proud to house and manage one of the few commercial photovoltaic and calibration test laboratories in the world. The Photovoltaic Calibration and Test Laboratory is accredited by A2LA to the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard, using state of the art equipment for measurements in accordance with ASTM E948 and E1021. The lab welcomes requests for prototype PV device performance measurements or PV reference cell calibrations. Flexible scheduling and rapid turnaround time ensure minimal downtime to time sensitive devices.

Characterizing I-V Curves of PhotoVoltaic Cells

We offer test solutions to measure current-voltage (IV) characteristics of PV cells. Models are available in 1, 3, 5, or 10 amps configurations, determined by the current generated by the device under test. Solutions include the source meter, cabling, and IV Test Station software to capture data quickly and easily. Additional mounting, probing, and temperature control accessories are available. Oriel IV test solutions are designed to work with any Oriel solar simulator.