Fast and accurate method for the performance testing of highly efficient C-Si photovoltaic modules using A 10 Ms single-pulse solar simulator and customized voltage profiles

Virtuani, Alessandro and Beljean, Pierre and Rigamonti, Giorgio and Friesen, Gabi and Chianese, Domenico (2012) Fast and accurate method for the performance testing of highly efficient C-Si photovoltaic modules using A 10 Ms single-pulse solar simulator and customized voltage profiles. Measurement Sciuence and Tecnology, 23 (115604). ISSN 0957-0233

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Abstract

Performance testing of highly efficient, highly capacitive c-Si modules with pulsed solar simulators requires particular care. These devices in fact usually require a steady-state solar simulator or pulse durations longer than 100–200 ms in order to avoid measurement artifacts. The aim of this work was to validate an alternative method for the testing of highly capacitive c-Si modules using a 10 ms single pulse solar simulator. Our approach attempts to reconstruct a quasi-steady-state I–V (current–voltage) curve of a highly capacitive device during one single 10 ms flash by applying customized voltage profiles—in place of a conventional V ramp—to the terminals of the device under test. The most promising results were obtained by using V profiles which we name ‘dragon-back’ (DB) profiles. When compared to the reference I–V measurement (obtained by using a multi-flash approach with approximately 20 flashes), the DB V profile method provides excellent results with differences in the estimation of Pmax (as well as of Isc, Voc and FF) below ±0.5%. For the testing of highly capacitive devices the method is accurate, fast (two flashes—possibly one—required), cost-effective and has provenits validity with several technologies making it particularly interesting for in-line testing.

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