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Solar & Alternative Energy

Solar cells and module sensor


Atlas Material Testing Technology has released XenoCal Solar, the newest sensor in the company's XenoCal family, which provides testing to evaluate the performance, durability and reliability of solar cells and modules.

The XenoCal Solar sensor is designed to offer user-friendly, precise measurement and calibration exclusively for the UV pre-conditioning of PV modules, the company says. The sensor measures irradiance (W/m2) or radiant exposure (kWh/m2). Depending on which IEC standard is selected from the menu, values in two wavelength bands are displayed.

The water-tight sensor is capable of operating in harsh environments, such as ambient temperatures up to 70 degrees C. Individual polynomial T compensation guarantees correct response over the whole operating temperature range, Atlas adds.

The sensor comes in a protective case with a lithium battery, a connecting cable and an RS 232 degrees C interface for exporting data to a computer.