Section 2: Making Measurements

This section focuses measuring the power produced by a solar cell.

Materials Needed:
  • Solar cell with terminals exposed
  • Ruler or Caliper
  • Multimeter
  • Notepaper
Do EACH of the following and submit to your instructor:

  1. Measure and calculate the surface area (Aeff) of the solar cell supplied by your instructor.
  2. Configure and use a multimeter to measure your cell’s Voc in direct sunlight. Record your results.
  3. Configure and use a multimeter to measure your cell’s Isc in direct sunlight. Record your results.
  4. Calculate your cell’s approximate Psa. Record your results.
  5. Calculate your cell’s approximate efficiency based on a Pin of 1000W/m^2.
  6. Record your results. ɳ = Psa / (Pin x Aeff)
This guide was first published on Jul 17, 2013. It was last updated on Jul 17, 2013.
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