Information Monitors' ability to conduct standardized testing is a core fundamental. We have both the
expertise and the equipment required for conducting consistent tests of high accuracy and
quality, meeting all requirements of the appropriate standards. We have extensive
experience in performing experiments involving thousands of measurements.
We have considerable experience in experiment design, in identifying appropriate low-cost monitoring equipment,
and expertise with proper instrumentation protocols to ensure high
Instrumented Campell Scientific data logger
FSEC is one of the leading testing and certification
laboratories for solar in the United States. We offer testing and certification services for a number of
solar devices including:
Mobile Tracking Platforms (MTPs) provide independent, two-axis tracking of the sun.
The MTPs are used for
outdoor testing of solar collectors, roofing, and other building
materials. Each MTP may carry a test payload weighing up to 300 lbs while spanning up to 4 ft by 10 ft.
A complimentary utility cart with an onboard chiller, heater, and variable speed pump circulates a
temperature-controlled solution to a test payload on the MTP.
Mobile Tracking Platform and Utility Cart
We characterize the performance of photovoltaic modules using both indoor and outdoor
testing. For indoor testing, we determine module electrical output characteristics using
our new Spire SPI-SUN 660 flash simulator. Visit our
Photovoltaics home page for more detailed programs involving photovoltaics.
We use a test protocol developed at Sandia National Labs to determine battery cycle life
and capacity under prescribed conditions. Premature battery failure is a major problem
with PV systems. The goal is to be able to predict battery lifetime performance based on
Battery tests are conducted both under controlled conditions in the laboratory and in field
experiments to determine capacity, cycle life, and performance as part of whole systems
in various configurations.
We are researching techniques for developing CIS and CdTe thin-film devices. Thin-film
materials offer the promise of lower cost modules for the future.
We test and evaluate all critical components and subsystems of PV lighting systems.
PV lighting systems are a major and growing application in Florida. It is important to
assure product performance for the citizens of Florida by assisting industry in improving
the quality of their products.