Konica Minolta Sensing Americas (KMSA), the industrial color, light and shape measurement company, will introduce a full line of photovoltaic measurement and characterization instruments to the U.S. market. The new PV line will be presented for the first time at the SPIE 2010 show taking place at the San Diego Convention Centre from August 3-5.
While exhibiting at the convention centre, KMSA will showcase its pseudo reference cell, which is the product of cooperation by Konica Minolta Sensing and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan. The reference cell is used as a standard point of calibration to ensure consistent measurements of newly developed photovoltaic cells.
“Our pseudo reference cell is specifically designed to adjust the illumination of solar simulators for multijunction solar cells. Multijunction solar cells are sensitive to a greater portion of the light spectrum. KMSA is proud to introduce to market a reference cell with superior spectral response over current technology,” said Bryan Bond, photovoltaic business manager for KSMA.
KMSA’s entry into this new market stems from a US$20 million capital investment by Konica Minolta Holdings and Konarka Technologies to develop and distribute thin-film photovoltaics.