German research and development institute Fraunhofer Centre for Silicon Photovoltaics (Franuhofer CSP) has announced that it will develop an LED-based solar simulator with Wavelabs Solar Metrology Systems after the two companies signed a cooperation agreement.
The simulator, Sinus-2100, will be used to test PV modules, with Fraunhofer claiming that the new product will demonstrate an “almost flawless” efficiency measurement.
Sinus-2100 uses LEDs of 21 different colours and allows module makers to choose the exposure time of the test, which Fraunhofer argues is beneficial to makers of high efficiency modules that need a longer exposure time. The new product will be based on technology used in the Sinus-220 tester already being produced at Wavelabs Solar Metrology Systems.
The two companies expect the Sinus-2100 to go into production at the beginning of 2015.