Common faults in solar cells and panels are a known fact in the industry, and so far technology answers have been unsatisfactory.

The LucaEM R is a highly cost-effective yet fast and powerful Electron Multiplying CCD (EMCCD) camera for high throughput in-line production inspection. LucaEM R uses a very low noise megapixel frame-transfer EMCCD sensor, providing single photon detection sensitivity and high NIR quantum efficiency (27% QE @ 900 nm) in an air cooled, compact, USB 2.0 camera platform.

This camera also offer exceptionally high sensitivity at rapid frame rates, meaning that they can be used for high-throughput testing of individual photovoltaic cells running 24/7 at 1 cell/sec and faster.

The iKon-M 934 BR-DD is designed to offer ultimate responsivity in the NIR region, delivering ~70% QE at 900nm. The megapixel CCD camera also benefits from deep TE cooling to -100ºC, very low read noise and a convenient USB 2.0 interface, making it the perfect tool for luminescence imaging research of PV cells.

By incorporating photovoltaic electroluminescence into their QC routines and R&D work, manufacturers can benefit from a simpler, potentially less expensive inspection technique. However, as photovoltaic electroluminescence emissions are very weak, extremely sensitive cameras are required, such as the iKon-M BR-DD and the LucaEM R.