Class AAA Solar Simulator features 12 x 12 in. beam output.

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Designed for photovoltaic test and measurement, 12 x 12 in. Sol3A(TM) utilizes constant wave light source with 1,600 W xenon lamp and spectral correction filter to meet Class A qualifications, including spectral match, non-uniformity of irradiance, and temporal stability. System has black non-reflective finish to minimize stray light, captive screws on all panels to facilitate user access, and temperature sensors/safety interlocks to prevent inadvertent exposure to UV light.

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Oriel Offers Long-Life, Highly Reliable Class AAA Solar Simulator Product Family

Stratford, CT - Oriel®, a Newport Corporation Brand, now offers the Sol3A(TM) family, a wide variety of Class AAA solar simulator products for demanding photovoltaic (PV) applications. The company offers the largest output beam available, 12 in. x 12 in. (300 mm x 300 mm). These constant-wave (CW) sources use a xenon lamp and feature a highly stable, proprietary spectral correction filter and unique optical design to meet Class A performance qualifications, including spectral match, non-uniformity of irradiance, and temporal instability for all three standards (IEC, JIS, and ASTM). The 12 x 12-in. beam output is a new addition to Oriel's line of solar simulators (ranging in sizes from 2 x 2, 4 x 4, 6 x 6, and 8 x 8 inches) offering maximum flexibility for PV test and measurement capabilities. Class AAA performance makes the Sol3A family ideal for the most demanding photovoltaic applications that require a constant-wave light source.

Rigorously tested using industry standard methods, Oriel's new 12 x 12 inch Sol3A solar simulator features easy lamp replacement of the 1600-Watt xenon lamp, and requires no special hard wiring to the electrical mains. It offers a highly-collimated output ideally suited for concentrator applications. With the available (optional) partial sun attenuator, the Sol3A 12 x 12 meets the performance criteria at the standard 1 Sun output power and allows for variable partial sun settings. Like all Sol3A products, the 12 x 12 model has a black non-reflective finish to minimize stray light and incorporates captive screws for all panels that require user access to facilitate lamp replacement, alignment, and filter changes. Temperature sensors and safety interlocks prevent inadvertent exposure to UV light, ensuring the safety of the operator. For more information about Newport's family of Sol3A solar simulators, please visit:

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets. Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

Company Contacts:

Kim Abair

Director, Global Marketing

Tel: 800-222-6440 / +1 949-863-3144


Ed Manke

Oriel Instruments Product Line Manager

Tel: +1 203-377-8282


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