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Posted: May 27, 2009

Free web-based seminar explores electrical measurements of photovoltaic devices

(Nanowerk News) Keithley Instruments, Inc., a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, will offer a free, web-based seminar titled “Photovoltaic Measurements: Testing the Electrical Properties of Today’s Solar Cells.” It will be broadcast on Thursday, June 18, 2009. This one-hour seminar will provide an overview of the electrical measurements used in photovoltaic device development from basic research to early production testing.
In addition to the underlying theory of how solar cells work, this web-based seminar will focus on the physical measurements required to characterize them, as well as on cell properties that can be inferred from test results. Topics will include both capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (I-V) characterization, including DC and pulse techniques, as well as common measurements of a cell’s efficiency. The event will conclude with a text-based Q&A session.
Participants in the seminar will learn about the measurements required to characterize photovoltaic devices, the types of device information electrical characterization can provide, and special system considerations for test labs.
Chris Armstrong, an associate marketer at Keithley who is currently focusing on solar cell characterization, will present the seminar. Armstrong holds a B.S. in computer science and engineering from the University of Toledo and has more than eight years of experience in semiconductor device measurements.
Registration Information
“Photovoltaic Measurements: Testing the Electrical Properties of Today’s Solar Cells” will be broadcast on Thursday, June 18, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The event is free to the public, but participants must register at www.keithley.com/events/semconfs/webseminars in advance. The seminar will also be archived on Keithley’s website for those unable to attend the original broadcast.
Source: Keithley Instruments