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Solar Power Resource Kit for Automated Test

Green Engineering: Solar Power (Automated Test)
See how National Instruments customers have solved real-world solar power challenges related to automated test. Also view tutorials and videos explaining the technology that enables these applications.

Kit Contents



  • Part I – Photovoltaic Cell Overview
    This article is the first in a series of 3 tutorials on assessing the performance of photovoltaic cells through I-V characterization. This series includes an overview of PV cells, and describes the theory behind I-V characterization.


  • Part II – Photovoltaic Cell I-V Characterization Theory and LabVIEW Analysis Toolkit
    This article is the second in a series of 3 tutorials on assessing the performance of photovoltaic cells through I-V characterization. This series includes an overview of PV cells, and describes the theory behind I-V characterization. The tutorials also include an example setup using National Instruments hardware and a free downloadable library of LabVIEW code for performing the I-V analysis.


  • Part III – I-V Characterization of Photovoltaic Cells using PXI
    This article is the third in a series of 3 tutorials on assessing the performance of photovoltaic cells through I-V characterization. This series includes an overview of PV cells, and describes the theory behind I-V characterization.


  • Case Study: Thermomax Tests Evacuated Tube Solar Collectors Using NI LabVIEW and FieldPoint
    See how Thermomax created premium-quality equipment for efficient and economical conversion of solar radiation into thermal energy using National Instruments FieldPoint, LabVIEW, LabVIEW Datalogging and Supervisory Control (DSC) Module, and motion control.


  • Case Study: Development of a LabVIEW-Based Test Facility for Standalone PV Systems
    Read about the development of a prototype standalone PV system, which involves the integration of a personal computer (PC), data acquisition (DAQ), a battery array and a solar array simulator (SAS) to create a standalone PV system and to test and simulate the system.


  • Case Study: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Uses NI LabVIEW and PXI to Simulate Spacecraft Solar Arrays
    See how the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory developed a ground-based system to accurately simulate the operational conditions of spacecraft solar arrays and automate that process using National Instruments LabVIEW while simulating spacecraft orbital profiles from a missions operation center (MOC).


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