Newport’s brand, Oriel has introduced a new range of Class AAA solar simulators called the Sol3A for challenging photovoltaic applications that demand a constant-wave light source.
Oriel provides a large output beam with an area of 12²x12², which is the latest inclusion to the company’s solar simulator portfolio ranging from 8²x8², 6²x6², 4²x4² and 2²x2². These wide ranges of output beams provide optimal flexibility for photovoltaic measurement and evaluation functionalities.
The Sol3A utilizes a xenon lamp and has a distinct optical design and a stable, patented spectral correction filter to meet Class A performance credentials such as temporal instability, non-uniformity of irradiance and spectral match for ASTM, JIS and IEC standards.
The Sol3A’s 1600 W xenon lamp can be replaced easily and does not need hard wiring. It provides an ultra-collimated output suitable for concentrator uses. It comes with a partial sun attenuator as an option to meet the required standard at 1 Sun output power and allows for numerous partial sun settings. Its safety interlocks and temperature sensors eliminate exposure to UV light and thus assure operator safety.
The 12²x12² Sol3A has a black non-reflective finish similar to other Sol3A devices to reduce stray light. It integrates captive screws for all panels, which need user access to simplify filter changes, alignment and lamp replacement.