The Leipzig-based technology company for LED Metrology Systems, WAVELABS Solar Metrology Systems GmbH, has developed two new generations of solar module flashers for production and research, respectively. SINUS-3000 PRO is the first commercially available all-in-one solar module flasher for production lines while SINUS-3000 ADVANCED is specifically designed for the demanding research of modules based on perovskite-silicon tandem (PST), multi-junction or other new material cells. Both systems will be launched at Intersolar 2023 in Munich, Germany.
Leipzig, Germany, June 12, 2023 – The award-winning German developer and producer of LED-based solar simulators, WAVELABS, is releasing two groundbreaking module flasher systems. SINUS-3000 PRO and SINUS-3000 ADVANCED have been developed to solve the most pressing requirements in production and research facilities, respectively. While module production requires fast, cost-efficient characterization, research facilities need to be able to test new, often challenging materials under continuous illumination and various spectra. Both module flasher systems feature WAVELABS’ LED-based light engine that guarantees high precision, long-term stability and high flexibility of the emitted solar spectra.
SINUS-3000 PRO is a powerful module flasher with a small footprint that combines several tools in one system. “In the past, solar module producers needed two or three different tools to conduct module power output measurements, bypass diode testing, insulation (hipot) testing, visual inspection (VIS) and electroluminescence measurements,” explained Gerrit Laube, project lead for SINUS-3000 PRO. “Our new system provides all these measurements under one roof while ensuring a high throughput with less than 20 s per module for all measurement steps.” With illumination times of up to 500 ms and the patented RapidWAVE® technology, SINUS-3000 PRO is also ready for high-efficiency cell technologies such as HJT or TopCon. Furthermore, the modular design allows for the integration of an additional rear-side flasher to characterize the increasingly popular bifacial photovoltaic modules.
SINUS-3000 ADVANCED is the versatile answer for research facilities to new cell technology developments, especially PST and other high-efficiency cells which require long-term illumination as well as varying spectra. Until now, PST modules had to be measured in complex and weather-dependent outdoor tests. SINUS-3000 ADVANCED features a scalable and modular platform that holds up to 45 LED modules with 26 individually controllable LED channels in its basic configuration. This provides full flexibility to select spectra, illumination time and light intensity for indoor laboratories. It even allows for the continuous simulation of natural spectrum and intensity changes over the course of a day. The flasher is the result of a joint project between WAVELABS, Oxford PV and Fraunhofer ISE. “It is important to provide highly precise and reproducible measurements for emerging technologies like perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells as soon as possible so that there can be objective competition,” says Prof. Stefan Glunz, Division Director for Photovoltaic Technologies at Fraunhofer ISE.
WAVELABS will be showcasing their innovative next-generation solar module metrology systems SINUS-3000 PRO and SINUS-3000 ADVANCED at Booth A2.710 at this year’s Intersolar from June 14 – 16 in Munich, Germany. at Booth A2.710 at this year’s Intersolar from June 14 – 16 in Munich, Germany.