Spire has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as the recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research grant to develop a next-generation solar simulator, based on LED technology. If successful, the LED-based system could provide advantages of accuracy, reliability, versatility, and cost, according to the company.
Spectral, intensity, and spatial uniformity variations could also be achieved with system software and control electronics.
“We’re pleased that DOE selected Spire for this grant,” said Roger Little, chairman and CEO of Spire. “Our simulators are used by most major module manufacturers throughout the world and numerous international testing facilities, so we continuously strive to improve and advance the technology.”