28 June 2010


Spire receives DOE grant to develop LED-based solar simulator

Spire Corp of Bedford, MA, USA, which provides capital equipment and turnkey production lines for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, has been selected by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop an LED-based solar simulator.

Spire is a producer of solar simulators using pulsed lamp light sources, but the new project will develop a next-generation solar simulator based on LED technology. The firm says that an LED-based system could provide advantages of accuracy, reliability, versatility and cost, while spectral, intensity and spatial uniformity variations could be achieved easily with system software and control electronics.

“Our simulators are used by most major module manufacturers throughout the world and numerous international testing facilities, so we continuously strive to improve and advance the technology,” says chairman & CEO Roger G. Little.

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