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Spectroradiometric characterization of the NIST pulsed solar simulator
Author(s): Howard W. Yoon; Brian P. Dougherty; Vladimir B. Khromchenko
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Paper Abstract

The spectroradiometric characterization of the NIST indoor pulsed solar simulator is described. The solar simulator has a flash duration of 36.4 ms and is designed for solar panels having a maximum size of 2.0 m by 1.6 m. As per industry standards, the performance of the solar simulator is evaluated on the basis of three criteria: spatial uniformity, temporal stability, and spectral irradiance. Results from evaluating the NIST solar simulator on all three criteria is reported, but a greater focus is given to the spectral characterization. Reported spectral irradiance measurements were made using a high-speed, diode-array spectroradiometer that was calibrated using NIST standards. An uncertainty analysis of the spectral irradiance measurements is developed, and the extent that the calibrated spectroradiometer can be used to improve solar module measurements is explored.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7410, Optical Modeling and Measurements for Solar Energy Systems III, 741008 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.827296
Show Author Affiliations
Howard W. Yoon, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Brian P. Dougherty, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Vladimir B. Khromchenko, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Utah State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7410:
Optical Modeling and Measurements for Solar Energy Systems III
Benjamin K. Tsai, Editor(s)

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