Spire Spi Sun solar simulator heads to EC research lab

 Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR) will provide the Spi-Sun Simulator 4600SLP to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy (JRC ISPRA).

April 1, 2011 – BUSINESS WIRE Spire Corporation (Nasdaq: SPIR), a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key manufacturing lines to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules, will provide the Spi-Sun Simulator 4600SLP to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy (JRC ISPRA).

Click to EnlargeThe European Solar Test Installation (ESTI) lab in Ispra, Italy began certifying solar modules almost 20 years ago, based on their own industry-standard “Ispra 503.” Eventually this standard was adopted by the International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) as the basis for the crystalline modules standard (IEC 61215), and later as the thin-film modules standard (IEC 61646).

Spi-Sun Simulators are now used in more than thirty testing laboratories around the world to qualify PV modules. Roger G. Little, Chairman and CEO of Spire Corporation, cited a Class AAA rating for Spire’s Simulators as one reason they are used in over thirty test labs worldwide. Spire boasts a proprietary method of controlling the Simulator’s pulse length, large irradiance range, and spectral control for assessing PV module performance during development or qualification.

The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) is one of the institutes that comprise the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In conjunction with the JRC mission, IES seeks to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union policies.

Spire Corporation is a global solar company providing capital equipment and turn-key production lines to manufacture PV modules. To learn more about Spire Corporation, visit www.SpireCorp.com

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