New tester combines solar PV commissioning with I-V curve analysis

The new PV210 is a multi-function solar PV tester that combines accurate I-V curve analysis with essential electrical tests for the fast and effective performance, safety and diagnostic testing of all types of solar PV installations.

Simple push button operation enables the dedicated tester to perform all the electrical commissioning tests required by IEC 62446:2016, including open circuit voltage, short circuit current, maximum power point voltage, current and power, and insulation resistance.

Uniquely, alongside the electrical tests, the PV210 also undertakes I-V curve measurements in accordance with IEC 61829:2015 to determine if the measured curve deviates from the expected profile, highlighting the need for any further analysis or fault finding. The fill factor of PV systems can also be assessed.

For full detailed analysis, measured data can be transferred instantly from the test instrument to an accompanying PVMobile Android App using wireless NFC connectivity to create high definition color displays of the I-V and power curves for individual PV modules or strings.

Special wireless Solarlink connectivity between the PV210 and the Solar Survey 200R meter also enables real-time irradiance to be displayed and measured at the same time as electrical testing is being undertaken.

When used with the optional SolarCert Elements 2 software program, downloaded data can be quickly and easily organized using a layered tree structure showing string, combiner box and inverter. In addition, professional inspection and test reports can be produced, including IEC 62446 measurements and I-V curve plots.

The PV210 is the latest addition to a comprehensive range of dedicated solar PV electrical testing and surveying instrumentation available from Seaward. The company’s Tampa, Fl. centre provides a comprehensive sales, service and calibration capability for customers throughout the USA, Canada, South and Central America.


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