Large Area Solar Simulators

Solar simulators that simulate sun light over larger target areas in the scale of 1m x 1m or more has become an essential and import requirement for many research and industrial usages.

Depending on the customer requirements, Sciencetech Large Area Solar simulator systems employ Xenon short arc lamps, LEDs or metal halide lamps as the base of the illumination system to mimic solar illumination.

Large Area Solar Simulator Specifications

Sciencetech Large Area Solar Simulators are often designed from scratch to accomplish customers’ exact research and industry requirements. Below are some of the most requested specifications met by Sciencetech large area solar simulators:

  • Variable illumination areas up to 5mx5m
  • Class AAA solar simulation (according to standards such as ASTM, IES, JIS, MIL, etc.)
  • AM0, AM1.5G or other specialty spectral matches
  • Various degrees of collimation, depending on customer requirements
  • Stepwise/ continuous irradiance attenuations
  • Multiple mounting options, in varying orientations, including ceiling
  • Install inside hazardous locations upon customer request

Large Area Solar Simulator Applications

Sciencetech's Large Solar Simulation Systems could be used, notably to:

  • Test large solar panels
  • Incorporate into wind tunnels and climatic chambers
  • Use in the automotive and railway industries
  • Military and aerospace industry

Large Area Solar Simulator Complying Standards

Sciencetech Solar Simulators reproduce the sun irradiance according to:

  • ASTM E927 - Specification for Solar Simulation for Photovoltaic Testing
  • IEC 60904-9 - Solar Simulator performance requirements
  • JIS C 8912 - Solar simulators for crystalline solar cells and modules
  • IEC 61215 - Crystalline silicon terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules - Design qualification and type approval
  • IEC 61646 - Thin-film terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules - Design qualification and type approval
  • US Military Standard MIL-STD810


Read more about our previous large area solar simulator projects here:
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Sciencetech has designed and manufactured many large solar simulators and other large area illuminators for special (typically research) applications. Please contact one of Sciencetech's sales representatives today to discuss your needs.

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