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PV measurement tools promise consistency

Posted: 02 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:photovoltaic? measurement? instruments? reference cell?

Konica Minolta Sensing Americas Inc. (KMSA) introduces a full line of photovoltaic (PV) measurement and characterization instruments to the US market. At the center of the measurement solutions lies what the company calls a pseudo reference cell. This cell is the product of cooperation between Konica Minolta Sensing and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The cell is used as a standard reference point of calibration to ensure consistent measurements of newly developed PV cells.

"Our pseudo reference cell is specifically designed to adjust the illumination of solar simulators for multi-junction solar cells. Multi-junction solar cells are sensitive to a greater portion of the light spectrum. KMSA is proud to introduce to market a reference cell with superior spectral response over current technology," said Bryan Bond, PV business manager, KMSA.

The reference cell provides KMSA with a sound platform to promote the PV measurement and characterization business. KMSA's entry into this market stems from a $20 million capital investment by Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. and Konarka Technologies to develop and distribute thin-film PVs.

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