For the uninitiated, when selecting a solar simulator, there seems to be a huge number of manufacturers and models available. While there are standards in place that require simulators to be classified according to their performance, these have not kept pace with the advances of solar simulator technology or the devices they are used to test. Our guide to solar simulators attempts to list the basic terminology and elements of solar simulators, how they are classified by the existing standards and, finally, how advanced solar simulators differ and the advantages they provide. It is in no way a complete work, but is intended to help those who are new to the field by giving them a good entry-level knowledge of the subject.
We recommend downloading and reading the international standards (listed under 'Standards' here) to assist with the terminology and concepts described throughout this site.
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