Product Briefing Outline: International of North America, a subsidiary of Iwasaki Electric Co. Ltd., has announced the introduction of a new bench-top solar simulation system designed for educational and small laboratory applications. The spectral compliance of the continuous output solar lamps guarantees accurate and repeatable results. Eye Lighting NA Applied Optics Group is focused on Solar Simulation and climatic testing applications.
Problem: The system was developed to satisfy educational and industrial customer requirements for an economical bench-top unit, the system is designed to provide excellent performance and application flexibility. Solar simulation lighting has become indispensable for the efficient development and production of high performance, high quality.
Solution: The system uses a cluster of four EYE/Iwasaki continuous output reflectorized arc tube lamps that exceed the ASTM/IEC class B spectrum compliance standard. Power is supplied by EYE/Iwasaki electronic ballasts that meet the ASTM/IEC class A temporal stability standard. The bench-top enclosure can handle PV cells or modules up to 300mm x 300mm (12in x 12in). Irradiation uniformity is a function of the target area with class B performance up to 100mm x 100mm (4in x 4in), delivering true IEC Class BBA performance. This simple to use system includes adjustable irradiation power control for greater application flexibility. Since the system employs continuous output lighting, it can also be used for aging and soaking, along with development and performance testing. A programmable timer circuit is included to set a specific test duration period, at which time the lamps will automatically turn off.
Applications: EYE Lighting / Iwasaki develops and produces a complete range of lighting technology including metal halide, xenon, halogen, UV light sources, and optics equipment designed specifically for solar simulation applications.
Platform: EYE Lighting’s parent company, Iwasaki Electric designs and manufactures the lighting source (lamps) and proprietary filters in addition to solar simulation equipment. EYE systems are designed from inception around the proper lighting source for the particular application, from PV cell development to production test equipment.
Availability: Currently available.