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Natural sunlight calibration of silicon solar cells

Keogh, W. M; Blakers, Andrew


The light source is very important when calibrating solar cells. Commonly used light sources – solar simulators – are expensive and frequently inaccurate. This work shows that testing solar cells under natural sunlight is simpler, cheaper, and more accurate than all but the most careful simulator measurements. Solar spectra generated with the model SMARTS2 show that the direct-beam solar spectrum, under clear sky and low air mass conditions, is an excellent match to the AM1.5G standard....[Show more]

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