Low-cost Instrument for Characterization of Solar Cells
Keywords:Solar cells, I-V curves, Characterization of solar cells, Light-to-electricity conversion efficiency
A low cost home-made instrument for characterization of solar cells has provided reliable data for drawing current versus voltage curves of the solar cells under test. The low cost instrument can be an alternative to high-cost standard instruments used for testing solar cells by determining light-to-electricity conversion efficiencies of the solar cells. Calibrations of commercially available mini-solar panels (silicon cells) with respect to a standard pyranometer (SolData) show that the mini-panels can measure solar radiation.
The Himalayan Physics Vol. 6 & 7, April 2017 (37-40)