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Posted on April 21, 2011

Konica introduces new PV reference cells

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Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Inc. (KMSA) introduces its AK Series of new photovoltaic (PV) reference cells to the US market.
In August 2010, KMSA previewed its new line of reference cells during the SPIE Optics and Photonics conference. The AK reference cells are used as a standard point of calibration to ensure consistent measurements of newly developed PV cells.
They were created with the cooperation of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and KMSA utilising their advanced optical filter technology to provide high-accuracy measurement for adjusting the intensity of solar simulators used to evaluate solar cells (including tandem cells).
Initial offerings in the AK Series will include the AK-100 for amorphous silicon (a-Si) cells, the AK-110 for microcrystalline silicon (µc-Si) cells and the AK-200 for crystalline silicon (c-Si) cells.
In addition to commercial and university research and development (R&D) labs, manufacturers of thin-film and optical glass that supply components to the PV industry are also prime candidates. Component manufacturers can now test new materials in the same way that an R&D lab does.
The newly developed reference cells provide KMSA with a sound platform to promote the PV measurement and characterisation business. KMSA's entry into this new market stems from a $20 million capital investment by Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. and Konarka Technologies to develop and distribute thin-film PV.
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