College - Author 1
College of Engineering
Department - Author 1
Electrical Engineering Department
Degree Name - Author 1
BS in Electrical Engineering
Dale Dolan, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department
Solar simulators are great laboratory tools that help users conduct tests with solar cells indoors. Conventional solar simulators typically use xenon arc bulbs as a light source, which can have considerable disadvantages. Recent projects have sought to design and implement LED-based solar simulators, as they are more power-efficient, inexpensive, and durable.
Based on these advantages, the goal of this project is to create an LED-based solar simulator that can replicate the characteristics of solar light, but also be tunable with controls. This broadens the testing capabilities of the device, allowing users to conduct tests with more narrow spectrums of light within the range of 350nm to1100nm. The device will also be able to replicate different daytime conditions by adjusting the outputted spectral irradiance. The simulator will be able to maintain a uniform spectrum over a single 6” x 6” solar cell with no major deviations in spectral content over time, such that accurate and consistent measurements can be taken during testing sessions.