Spire introduces new solar simulator


Spire has announced its new 6m × 1.3m solar simulator, the 6013, which was developed off of the company’s Single Long Pulse series. The first unit is scheduled to be delivered to SoloPower in San Jose, California for use in CIGS modules.

Roger Little, chairman and CEO of Spire, said, “Some thin-film module designs are becoming very long compared to their width, for incorporation into roofing materials. These are very different from traditional crystalline modules. Spire has created the SLP series of simulators to handle a wide variety of module shapes and sizes. We have a leadership market share in solar simulators and we intend to keep it by advancing our equipment to satisfy the needs of the industry.”

Spire’s 6013 are for modules up to 6 meters in length and 1.3 meters wide for a Class A solar spectrum and uniformity of ±2%. The module has an adjustable pulse length of 20–80 milliseconds and an adjustable intensity range of 200–100W/m2.

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