Optical Characterization Laboratory
The Energy Systems Integration Facility's Optical Characterization Laboratory provides state-of-the-art characterization and testing capabilities for assessing the optical surface quality and optical performance of solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies.
The Optical Characterization Laboratory offers the following capabilities.
Solar Thermal Calibration
The Optical Characterization Laboratory includes equipment for the characterization of reflective and refractive surfaces as well as collectors for solar thermal energy generation to enable the study of increasingly stable (less intermittent) sources of renewable energy.
The Optical Characterization Laboratory's environmental characterization hub offers high-temperature/humidity thermal chambers for small to medium distributed energy resources.
Small Microgrids and Large Commercial Loads
A large open space for isolated and integrated testing of typical commercial and industrial distributed energy resources with associated communications and controls exists in the small microgrids and large commercial loads hub.