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Fabrication and Irradiance Mapping of a Low Cost Solar Simulator for Indoor Testing of Solar Collector

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F. Hussain, M. Y. H. Othman, B. Yatim, H. Ruslan, K. Sopian, Z. Anuar, S. Khairuddin

 National Metrology Laboratory, SIRIM Berhad, 43900 Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia e-mail: faridah_hussain@sirim.my Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Malaysia National Metrology Laboratory, SIRIM Berhad, 43900 Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia

J. Sol. Energy Eng 133(4), 044502 (Oct 18, 2011) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004548 History: Received June 21, 2010; Revised May 31, 2011; Published October 18, 2011; Online October 18, 2011

The fabrication and testing of a solar simulator for indoor testing of solar collector are described. Consisting of Philips 500 W halogen lamps with built-in reflector, which are arranged at 30 cm apart, the system covers a test area suitable for a solar collector of size 120 cm by 53 cm. The height of the lamps above the solar collector under test is set to 160 cm. Measurement of the uniformity of the irradiance over the test area has been made. Four sets of irradiance mapping were performed at 466, 580, 686, and 804 W/m2 , yielding at each point the irradiance uniformity percentage of 8.9, 7.6, 6.9, and 7.8%, respectively. The infrared radiation produced by the lamps was filtered by air flowing over the test area.

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Figure 1

Block diagram of the lamps (indentified in numbers) arrangement in the array

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Figure 2

The fabricated solar simulator

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Figure 3

Block diagram of the electrical connections from the mains to the lamps

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Figure 4

Average of irradiance mapping at (a) 466 W/m2 , (b) 580 W/m2 , (c) 686 W/m2 , and (d) 804 W/m2

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Figure 5

IV curve of a tested PV panel

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Figure 6

Power curve of a tested PV panel

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Figure 7

Repeatability measurement for the irradiance



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