ASTM E1362 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Calibration of Non-Concentrator Photovoltaic Secondary Reference Cells

    Active Standard ASTM E1362 | Developed by Subcommittee: E44.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.02


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    Significance and Use

    The electrical output of photovoltaic devices is dependent on the spectral content of the source illumination and its intensity. To make accurate measurements of the performance of photovoltaic devices under a variety of light sources, it is necessary to account for the error in the short-circuit current that occurs if the relative spectral response of the primary reference cell is not identical to the spectral response of the cell to be calibrated. A similar error occurs if the spectral irradiance distribution of the test light source is not identical to the desired reference spectral irradiance distribution. These errors are accounted for by the spectral mismatch parameter M (Test Method E973), a quantitative measure of the error in the short-circuit current measurement. It is the intent of this test method to provide a recognized procedure for calibrating, characterizing, and reporting the calibration data for secondary photovoltaic reference cells.

    A secondary reference cell is calibrated to the same reference spectral irradiance distribution as the primary reference cell used during the calibration. Primary reference cells can be calibrated by use of Test Method E1125 or Test Method E1039.

    Note 1—No standards for calibration of reference cells to the extraterrestrial spectral irradiance distribution presently exist.

    A secondary reference cell should be recalibrated yearly, or every six months if the cell is in continuous use outdoors.

    Recommended physical characteristics of reference cells are provided in Specification E1040.

    Because silicon solar cells made on p-type substrates are susceptible to a loss of Isc upon initial exposure to light, it is required that newly manufactured reference cells be light soaked at an irradiance level greater than 850 W/m2 for 2 h prior to initial charcterization in Section 7.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers calibration and characterization of secondary terrestrial photovoltaic reference cells to a desired reference spectral irradiance distribution. The recommended physical requirements for these reference cells are described in Specification E1040. Reference cells are principally used in the determination of the electrical performance of a photovoltaic device.

    1.2 Secondary reference cells are calibrated indoors using simulated sunlight or outdoors in natural sunlight by reference to a primary reference cell previously calibrated to the same desired reference spectral irradiance distribution.

    1.3 Secondary reference cells calibrated according to this test method will have the same radiometric traceability as the of the primary reference cell used for the calibration. Therefore, if the primary reference cell is traceable to the World Radiometric Reference (WRR, see Test Method E816), the resulting secondary reference cell will also be traceable to the WRR.

    1.4 This test method applies only to the calibration of a photovoltaic cell that demonstrates a linear short-circuit current versus irradiance characteristic over its intended range of use, as defined in Test Method E1143.

    1.5 This test method applies only to the calibration of a photovoltaic cell that has been fabricated using a single photovoltaic junction.

    1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E490 Standard Solar Constant and Zero Air Mass Solar Spectral Irradiance Tables

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E772 Terminology of Solar Energy Conversion

    E816 Test Method for Calibration of Pyrheliometers by Comparison to Reference Pyrheliometers

    E927 Specification for Solar Simulation for Photovoltaic Testing

    E948 Test Method for Electrical Performance of Photovoltaic Cells Using Reference Cells Under Simulated Sunlight

    E973 Test Method for Determination of the Spectral Mismatch Parameter Between a Photovoltaic Device and a Photovoltaic Reference Cell

    E1021 Test Method for Spectral Responsivity Measurements of Photovoltaic Devices

    E1039 Test Method for Calibration of Silicon Non-Concentrator Photovoltaic Primary Reference Cells Under Global Irradiation

    E1040 Specification for Physical Characteristics of Nonconcentrator Terrestrial Photovoltaic Reference Cells

    E1125 Test Method for Calibration of Primary Non-Concentrator Terrestrial Photovoltaic Reference Cells Using a Tabular Spectrum

    E1143 Test Method for Determining the Linearity of a Photovoltaic Device Parameter with Respect To a Test Parameter

    E1328 Terminology Relating to Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion

    G173 Tables for Reference Solar Spectral Irradiances: Direct Normal and Hemispherical on 37 Tilted Surface


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 31.260 (Optoelectronics. Laser equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 32111701(Photovoltaic cells)


    DOI: 10.1520/E1362-10

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