Solare PV Lab

Solar simulator for research and industry. The laboratory provides accredited power measurements and performance tests on photovoltaic modules.

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test on photovoltaic modules© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Characteristic curve measurement on photovoltaic modules© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Measurement of temperature coefficients on photovoltaic modules© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà
Electroluminescence testing on photovoltaic modules© Eurac Research - Ivo Corrà

The pulsed light solar simulator of Eurac Research measures the electrical performance of photovoltaic modules. The tests allow, for example, verification of the performance guaranteed by the manufacturer or comparison of the yield of different technologies by subjecting them to the same controlled and repeatable conditions.

Solar simulator

The solar simulator (classification solar simulator “AAA” according to the international standard IEC 60904-9:2020) with thermal control of the test conditions precisely reproduces the solar spectrum. It measures the characteristic curve IV of the photovoltaic module under Standard Conditions. Furthermore, the measurements determine both the performance of the module in different combinations of irradiance (0-1000 W/m2) and temperature (5-75° C) and its temperature coefficients.

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Company service expertise

Laboratory tests can become part of a broader collaboration between research and business that starts with the design of a prototype and ends with the creation of a product ready for the market, including simulation phases, specific tests and optimisation. Collaborating with Eurac Research researchers means the assurance of consolidated know-how developed in international networks and applied in numerous projects with local companies that focus on quality and reliability of modules, the study of the solar resource and the integration of photovoltaics within buildings and networks.

Testing of photovoltaic modules for companies

  • accredited tests on photovoltaic modules (Link to Accredia tests list)
  • characteristic curve measurement at Standard Test Condition
  • measurement of characteristic curve at different irradiance and temperature values
  • measurement of temperature coefficients
  • electroluminescence test

Possibility to get up to 65% co-financing for companies in South Tyrol

Accredited lab

The renewable energy laboratory of Eurac Research is accredited by the Italian accreditation body Accredia and performs testing activities in accordance with the requirements of UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018. Click here to view the accreditation certificate and the list of accredited tests.

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