Solar Simulators Shipped to Solar PV Manufacturer

Two machines used to simulate the power of the sun have been shipped to a major solar energy company.

BEDFORD, Massachusetts, US, 2001-05-10 <> Spire Corporation of Massachusetts has shipped two of its SPI-SUN SIMULATOR(tm) 350i units to BP Solar. The simulators will be used in the company’s production line in Fairfield, Virginia, for in-process and final testing of modules using its Apollo integrated thin film solar photovoltaic technology. “We are pleased that BP Solar, with more than 15 Spire simulators in use worldwide, continues to recognize our expertise in testing and manufacturing equipment reliability,” says Spire president and CEO Roger Little. “Our simulator has evolved significantly since we shipped our first SPI-SUN SIMULATOR over 17 years ago. We will continue to develop new approaches to PV module testing to meet the needs of our customers.” The simulator is the international standard used by PV module manufacturers and testing laboratories, claims Little. It measures the electrical performance of modules before they are installed. The simulators sold to BP are part of Spire’s inverted series, which are designed with an upward directed light flash. This inverted style simulator has higher accuracy and is easy to use. Spire provides solar PV systems for distributed power generation and supplies solar electric module manufacturing equipment, turnkey production lines and solar energy businesses. Its equipment has been installed in 144 factories in 42 countries and the company claims that 90 percent of PV modules in use today were manufactured with Spire equipment. BP Solar is a unit of BP of London, England, one of the world’s largest solar electric module producers with manufacturing operations in the U.S., Spain, India, Australia and Malaysia.

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