Solar Panel Validation and Verification

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"Because the development time for new products has been considerably reduced, we no longer need to send prototypes to European test institutes, which has reduced our development costs."

- Paul McEntee, Kingspan Renewables UK

At the manufacturing stage, solar panels are inspected and tested to ensure the quality of the panels. Machine vision inspection identifies small manufacturing defects, and compliance testing ensures the solar panels conform to international quality standards and will survive in an outdoor environment for their expected long lifetimes. Solar validation and verification tests involve mechanical and electrical measurements such as stress, temperature, voltage, current, and moisture. Test applications include thermal cycle, accelerated life cycle, electrical connector, mechanical impact, fatigue, and nondestructive test techniques such as ultrasonic testing.

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National Instruments has a complete hardware and software platform to perform vision inspection and compliance testing. Browse the resources below for webcasts and tutorials on different types of tests or for products you can use in inspection and manufacturing tests.

Embedded Vision System

The Embedded Vision System is a high-performance multicore system that can acquire and process images simultaneously from multiple cameras in real time. The EVS-1464RT is designed without moving parts and is ideal for manufacturing environments and more complex inspections, such as photovoltaic thermography that uses infrared vision.

  • Configured or programmed with powerful easy-to-use machine vision software
  • 29 reconfigurable digital I/O lines and a range of industrial communications options
  • Simultaneous connectivity to multiple GigE Vision and IEEE 1394 a and b cameras

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NI PXI System

PXI is the open, PC-based platform for test, measurement, and control. PXI provides the industry’s highest bandwidth and lowest latency with modular I/O for high-resolution DC to vision frame grabbers.

  • One integrated platform for performing multiple tests
  • Easy software and hardware integration for customizability
  • Scalability to reduce cost of test systems

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Locate an NI Alliance Partner

NI solutions partners are companies involved in the delivery of our products as solutions, or companies providing complementary software and hardware products.

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Benefits of Using NI

  • Rapid test development
  • Reduced capital equipment costs and system size
  • Faster test execution with increased flexibility
  • Easy-to-use machine vision and image processing tools
  • Ability to interface with third-party instruments and cameras



 

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