LED Long-term Test beats Xenon

MBJ starts long-term flash test with its own LED boards for sun simulators. Even after 12 million flashes, the long-term stability still looks perfect.

[Translate to english:] LED Sunsimulator vs Xenon

One of the main advantages of MBJ LED light sources for sun simulators is their excellent long-term stability compared to xenon flash tubes.

To prove the life expectancy and long-term effect on the spectral match of LEDs, an MBJ sun simulator LED light source is currently undergoing an accelerated lifetime test. So far, the counter shows 12 million flashes with a cycle time of 2.7 s, a flash duration of 195 ms, and no change in LED settings.

The figure shows the results after 12 million flashes, which corresponds to about 8 years of operation in a module production when testing 3 modules in a minute: the spectral match in all wavelengths bands is very stable and still very well within the class A+ conditions of 0.875 (blue line) to 1.125 (red line) required by the IEC 60904-9 Ed.3 standard.

During this time, it is not necessary to change the LED light source once! This means a real big saving in maintenance costs and in downtime that a lamp exchange entail.

In comparison, the life of xenon lamps is much shorter. It is recommended that xenon lamps in a sun simulator be replaced after 100,000 flashes. Even assuming that in production lamp replacement occurs only after 300,000 flashes, the lifetime is equivalent to only ~69 days. (If the spectral match is still within the standards limits at all). This means that over a period of 10 years, about 240 xenon flash tubes are needed, assuming 4 flash tubes per sun simulator in a typical sun simulator for the larger area solar modules.

Due to the significantly longer lifetime, less maintenance costs for the hardware and less downtime for maintenance, the investment of an MBJ LED sun simulator will pay for itself in only a few years.


About MBJ Solutions GmbH

MBJ Solutions GmbH specializes in the development and sales of test and measurement systems for the photovoltaic industry. MBJ offers sun simulators, electroluminescence test systems and test systems for insulation and ground testing for the solar module production and mobile testing in the field.

The company was founded in 2009 and has since sold more than 500 test systems worldwide. The headquarters of the MBJ Group is close to Hamburg. Of course, we develop and produce in Germany. Since many of our customers are based in Asia, we have a service office in Taiwan.

Innovative solutions and customer orientation are a matter of course for us. Our customers include well-known institutes and manufacturers of the PV industry. Our many years of experience and a motivated team make us the perfect partner for your PV projects.

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