ASTM E973 - 10

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

    Active Standard ASTM E973 | Developed by Subcommittee: E44.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.02


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    Significance and Use

    The calculated error in the photovoltaic device current determined from the spectral mismatch parameter can be used to determine if a measurement will be within specified limits before the actual measurement is performed.

    The spectral mismatch parameter also provides a means of correcting the error in the measured device current due to spectral mismatch.

    The spectral mismatch parameter is formulated as the fractional error in the short-circuit current due to spectral differences. ,

    Error due to spectral mismatch can be corrected by dividing the measured photovoltaic cell current by M, a procedure used in Test Methods E948 and E1036.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a procedure for the determination of a spectral mismatch parameter used in performance testing of photovoltaic devices.

    1.2 The spectral mismatch parameter is a measure of the error, introduced in the testing of a photovoltaic device, caused by mismatch between the spectral responses of the photovoltaic device and the photovoltaic reference cell, as well as mismatch between the test light source and the reference spectral irradiance distribution to which the photovoltaic reference cell was calibrated. Examples of reference spectral irradiance distributions are Tables E490 or G173.

    1.3 The spectral mismatch parameter can be used to correct photovoltaic performance data for spectral mismatch error.

    1.4 This test method is intended for use with linear photovoltaic devices.

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

    1.6 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

    E772 Terminology of Solar Energy Conversion

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

    E1021 Test Method for Spectral Responsivity Measurements of Photovoltaic Devices

    E1036 Test Methods for Electrical Performance of Nonconcentrator Terrestrial Photovoltaic Modules and Arrays Using Reference Cells

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

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

    E1328 Terminology Relating to Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion

    E1362 Test Method for Calibration of Non-Concentrator Photovoltaic Secondary Reference Cells

    G138 Test Method for Calibration of a Spectroradiometer Using a Standard Source of Irradiance

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

    SI10 Standard for Use of the International System of Units (SI): The Modern Metric System


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 27.160 (Solar energy engineering)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 32111701(Photovoltaic cells)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E0973-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E973-10, Standard Test Method for Determination of the Spectral Mismatch Parameter Between a Photovoltaic Device and a Photovoltaic Reference Cell, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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