Konica Minolta Sensing Americas (KMSA), a subsidiary of Konica Minolta Holdings USA, has launched a new line of photovoltaic (PV) reference cells in the U.S. The AK Series cells were developed in by Konica Minolta Sensing and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).
Sophisticated optical filter technology has been used to create the reference cells. The cells are specially developed for precise measurement to fine-tune the power of solar simulators that are employed for solar cell assessments. Thus, the AK Series reference cells are used to confirm reliable measurements of new solar cells.
The AK-100, AK-110 and AK-200 are some of the products that will be offered initially. The AK-100 is offered for amorphous silicon (a-si) solar cells, the AK-110 for microcrystalline silicon cells (mu-si) and the AK-200 for crystalline silicon (c-si) PV cells. The materials are used by university and commercial R&D laboratories and producers of optical and thin film glass.
KMSA’s reference cells support the growth of PV measurement and characterization business. The company is planning to further expand into the PV market by leveraging its expertise to analyze the results of innovative green energy materials and technologies.