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Next-Generation, LED-based, Adjustable Spectrum, Pulsed Solar Simulator

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
99272
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
94052
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
02 a
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
SPIRE CORPORATION
1 PATRIOTS PARK BEDFORD, MA 01730-2396
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Next-Generation, LED-based, Adjustable Spectrum, Pulsed Solar Simulator
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85910
Award Amount: $99,623.00
 

Abstract:

A key step in the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules is their final test under simulated solar illumination. Manufacture of modules to produce megawatts of solar-generated power requires accurate and rapid testing of tens of thousands of modules. Solar simulators used to perform this testing are commercially available from numerous solar equipment manufacturers including Spire. In spite of many advances in the performance of these simulators, there still remain numerous areas for improvement. Specifically, the three main areas are higher spectral accuracy, user controllability of the spectrum and the optical spatial uniformity at the test plane, and reduced cost-of ownership, maintenance, and downtime. To address these shortcomings, Spire is proposing to develop a next-generation, pulsed solar simulator based on light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as the irradiance source. By utilizing a modular approach, simulators capable of testing solar modules of virtually any size could be made. The high efficiency, long lifetimes and steadily decreasing costs typical of today

Principal Investigator:

Harvey Serreze
Dr.
7812756000
hserreze@spirecorp.com

Business Contact:

Mark Little
Mr.
7812756000
ssullivan@spirecorp.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Spire Corporation
One Patriots Park Bedford, MA 01730

EIN/Tax ID: 042457335
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No