CPV Test Suite

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The CPV Test Suite is a turnkey test solution that enables complete concentrated photovoltaic module performance characterization. The CPV Test Suite performs dark and illuminated I-V measurement as well as acceptance angle characterization.

The CPV Test Suite was designed with ease of use in mind. Data collection, analysis, reporting and organization are all performed quickly and effortlessly.

Software Features

The CPV Test Suite features the following:

  • Real-time data acquisition throughout the I-V sweep
  • Customizable reporting
  • Translation of I-V curves to preset or user-defined standard test conditions
  • I-V parameter extraction
  • Database with management tools
  • Smart tagging of datasets
  • Offline analysis package
  • Side-by-side testing of modules (as required by IEC 62108)

Hardware Features

The CPV Test Suite includes a source-meter unit, data acquisition hardware, and the following sensors:

  • Normal incidence pyrheliometer
  • Pyranometer
  • Ambient thermocouple
  • Pressure sensitive adhesive thermocouples
  • Azimuth and elevation sensors
  • Kelvin (4-point) probes
  • Anemometer

The system is housed in a 7U 19” rack-mountable enclosure.


The CPV Test Suite is based on a flexible platform which can accommodate a wide variety of test requirements. Please contact us regarding your specific testing needs.


The CPV Test Suite includes the following support features:

  • 1 day of on-site installation, support, and training
  • 30 days of user support
  • 1 year of feature upgrades and remote support
  • Full documentation

Minimum System Requirements

The CPV Test Suite requires the following (also available from Surya Design):


  • Minimum 1280×800 resolution, outdoor rated display
  • Intel® P4 1.6GHz, 2Mb L2 cache or equivalent
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Pro / Vista Business or Ultimate
  • 2Gb RAM (4Gb preferred)
  • 500Mb free disk space (7200+ RPM drive preferred)
  • Available USB 2.0 port
  • Network connectivity (to support offline analysis)


  • Mechanical mounts for all sensors
  • Precision datum surface for mounting CPV module

The CPV Test Suite was developed in partnership with ZoJo Software.