DragonBack™ measurement method from Pasan awarded Solar Industry Award 2012
Meyer Burger Group member Pasan SA has won the Solar Industry Award 2012 in the Photovoltaic Tool category for its DragonBackTM measurement method for high efficiency modules at a ceremony held at the 27th EU PVSEC in Frankfurt.
The new high efficiency solar cell technologies, including the innovative heterojunction cells from Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN), require new performance measurement methods. Until now, the performance of high efficiency cells was measured in production using continuous light sources which significantly increased the cost of cell production. The PV industry required a technologically advanced and cost effective solution for accurately determining the electrical performance of the new generation of modules in production environments. Pasan's unique DragonBackTM approach optimises the measurement process in proven high accuracy solar simulators. This extremely accurate and cost effective solution has been awarded the Solar Industry Award 2012.
The ground-breaking DragonBackTM technology, developed by Pasan in cooperation with the SUPSI-ISAAC- Swiss PV Module Test Centre, is a completely new measurement method which combines extremely precise and repeatable measurements with the throughput required in production to measure the performance of high efficiency and high capacity cells such as those produced using heterojunction technology. The DragonBackTM measurement method exceeds industry requirements of maximum measurement reliability, low takt time, low TCO and ease-of-use. It is based on a dynamic sweep of the voltage ramp in a series of steps that enable the current voltage characteristics to be accurately determined using a pulse of 10 ms. The DragonBackTM measurement method is available on Pasan's new HighLIGHT solar simulator. Manufacturers using a Pasan SunSim platform can upgrade to the HighLIGHT with a simple upgrade of the electronic load.
The annual Solar Industry Awards recognise innovative manufacturing and product approaches that have the potential to change the way we live. Pasan was presented with its award in the Photovoltaic Tool category at the ceremony on 24 September during the 27th EU PVSEC exhibition in Germany.