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Automated Solar Simulator Assembly

Ossila Solar Cell Testing Kit
The assembled Ossila Solar Cell Testing Kit

The automated Ossila Solar Cell Testing Kit allows you to set up your solar cell testing lab quickly and easily. The kit includes:

  • The solar cell I-V test system, which automatically switches between pixels when testing your devices.
  • Our solar simulator, which is calibrated to deliver 100 mW/cm2 irradiance uniformly over an area positioned 8.5 cm beneath the lamp.
  • A positioning bracket to align your solar simulator and testing system, ensuring the calibrated light hits the surface of your substrate (system is compatible with either S211 or S2006 substrates).

The system is designed to be easy to use and effortless to assemble.


How to assemble the solar simulator and solar cell I-V test system

To assemble the solar simulator test system:

  1. Attach the positioning bracket to the solar cell I-V test unit.
  2. To attach the solar simulator, loosely attach the two lower bolts. Position the solar simulator on these lower bolts. Make sure you use the right holes for your substrate type.
  3. Once the solar simulator is in position, fix in place with the upper two bolts, and tighten all M3 bolts to secure the head.
  4. Plug in the power cable and switch the lamp on.

Device Measurement

Our solar simulator is calibrated so that it delivers 100 mW/cm2 at a point 8.5 cm underneath the bulb. However, you can also use the Ossila Solar Simulator Console to manually control the irradiance and spectral output of the lamp.

Automated solar simulator console software
Our solar simulator output can be controlled using the solar simulator console

Additionally, this system is compatible with the Ossila Solar Cell I-V Software. Using this software, you can easily characterize your solar cell devices without writing any code. The solar cell I-V software can take various measurements with the touch of a button. These include:

  • J-V curves
  • Lifetime data
  • Stabilised current measurements

Substrate Type

The kit is compatible with our S211 substrates (area 20 x 15 mm) and our S2006 substrates (area 25 x 25 mm).

The testing boards for these different substrates have slightly different heights. Therefore, the solar simulator should be positioned slightly differently on the bracket, depending on the substrate board you are using.

If you are using the S211 test board, you should use the lower holes as shown. Alternatively, you should use the higher position holes, if the S2006 bracket is attached.

Placement of S2006 (above) and S211 (below) substrate brackets
Placement of S211 and S2006 substrate brackets

Solar Cell Testing Kit

Solar Simulator Test System Bundle
  • Unbeatable Value
  • Easy Cell Characterization
  • Intuitive Software

Worldwide Shipping £3,800.00

Contributing Authors

Written by

Dr. Mary O'Kane

Application Scientist

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