STRATFORD, Conn., March 7, 2011 — Oriel, a Newport Corp. Brand, now offers the Sol3A family, a variety of Class AAA solar simulator products for photovoltaic (PV) applications. The continuous-wave sources offer an output beam of 300 × 300 mm and use a xenon lamp. They feature a stable proprietary spectral correction filter and optical design to meet Class A performance qualifications, including spectral match, nonuniformity of irradiance, and temporal instability for compliance with IEC, JIS and ASTM standards. The beam output offers maximum flexibility for PV test-and-measurement capabilities. Rigorously tested using industry standard methods, the solar simulator features easy replacement of the 1600-W xenon lamp and requires no special hardwiring to the electrical mains. It offers a highly collimated output suited for concentrator applications. With the optional partial sun attenuator, the device meets the performance criteria at the standard 1-Sun output power and allows for variable partial sun settings. As with all Sol3A products, the new model has a black nonreflective finish to minimize stray light and incorporates captive screws for all panels that require user access to facilitate lamp replacement, alignment and filter changes. Temperature sensors and safety interlocks prevent inadvertent exposure to UV light, ensuring the safety of the operator.