Services provide classification/testing of solar products.

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With Solar Simulator Classification service, multichannel OL 770, measuring between 380-1,100 nm, verifies testing instruments meet standards classifying solar simulators for PV testing. Utilizing Daystar DS-100C, which auto-scales to 600 V and has 10 and 100 A current ranges, I-V Curve tracing service measures functionality of modules/arrays. Tracer can normalize, plot, analyze, and print I-V curves. Both services are offered by Solar/PV Center of Excellence in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Atlas® Offers Two New Services for the Solar Energy Market

March 24, 2009, Chicago, IL - Atlas Material Testing Technology is pleased to announce two new services focused on the solar market: Solar Simulator Classification services and I-V Curve tracing services. Both services are offered by Atlas' Solar/PV Center of Excellence in Phoenix, Arizona. As the world leader in material weather-durability testing, Atlas is expanding its service offerings to help companies in the solar industry substantiate product warranty and efficiency claims.

Photovoltaic (PV) testing standards require the use of specific classes of solar simulators to determine performance measurements. Atlas uses a portable, high speed, multi-channel OL 770 device, measuring between 380 and 1100 nm, to verify that customers' testing instruments meet the standards that classify solar simulators for PV testing. These critical measurements should be a regular part of all simulator service and maintenance schedules. Atlas' classification service meets the requirements described in IEC 60904-9, Photovoltaic Solar Simulator Performance Requirements for qualifying solar simulation for IEC 61215 testing.

Atlas also now provides accurate I-V curves for a single PV module up to a 50-kilowatt PV system. Atlas utilizes a self-contained Daystar DS-100C I-V curve tracer which auto-scales to 600 Volts and has 10, and 100 Ampere current ranges. The DS-100C includes tools to normalize, plot, analyze, and print the I-V curves. It also offers an Auto-Curve mode that will capture and store I-V curves when certain pre-set conditions are met. Because this equipment is portable Atlas technicians can perform measurements in the field on your modules or arrays anywhere in the world.

Atlas' comprehensive Consulting Solutions, Standard Test Equipment, Custom Systems and Testing Services have over 30 years of testing and measurement experience supporting the solar industry. For more information on any of our solar energy services, visit or contact us at

About Atlas Material Testing Technology

Atlas® is a recognized leader in material testing, offering a complete line of instruments and services for accelerated and natural weathering. The Atlas Consulting Group helps clients develop the best weathering processes for their products, as well as offers education and training courses worldwide. For accelerated laboratory and outdoor testing, Atlas Weathering Services Group has five laboratories and over 20 outdoor exposure sites around the world in a variety of climates, including desert, subtropical, high-altitude and corrosive. Atlas Material Testing Technology is ISO 17025 and ISO 9001:2000 registered. Atlas products are designed and manufactured to conform to international, national and industry standard test methods including ISO, ASTM, DIN, JIS and numerous others.

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