The Solar Digest for Solar Power, Solar Energy and Photovoltaic PV News - Test and Measurement
Faster solar PV system testing with the PV150
- Published: Monday, 29 October 2012 08:20
The special video, available at seawardsolar.com shows how the PV150 can be used for much simpler, quicker and safe testing of PV systems as part of installation, commissioning and baseline performance tests.
The special short video shows how the tester can be used to take PV system open circuit voltage, short circuit current and insulation resistance measurements in less than one minute, and contrasts its use with traditional test methods using a multi function tester and a current clamp.
With the PV150, once the test leads are connected, all three test measurements can be made automatically with the simple push of a single button.
Then, the test results can be stored in the instrument’s internal memory for downloading to PC based records using the Seaward Cert Elements program.
In this way, the combined testing, data logging and downloading facility enables PV system documentation and test certificates to be completed quickly and without error.
The PV150 can also undertake power measurement, earth (ground) continuity testing and operational current measurement for comprehensive PV system testing requirements in line with the requirements of the MSC, EN62446 and other standards.
In addition, special wireless Solarlink connectivity with the Solar Survey 200R enables the PV150 to capture and record real time irradiance, ambient and PV module temperature as testing is being undertaken.