Uncertainty Analysis of the Spectral Correction Factor

H. Field, K. Emery

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Uncertainty analysis considers the sensitivity of the spectral correction factor, and thus the measurement to which it applies, to choices of integration limits and uncertainties in the source irradiance and spectral response measurements from which it is derived. The uncertainty analysis involves Monte Carlo simulations of wavelength-dependent random errors and addition of systematic (bias) errors to the calculation's factors. It is demonstrated that error can be reduced or increased by reducing the wavelength range of the irradiance or spectral response measurement. The uncertainty in the spectral correction factor for standard lamp calibrations is found to exceed that for outdoor global normal calibrations. Correction factor sensitivities to resolution in spectral response data, and temporal instability of a Xenon arc-lamp solar simulator are discussed. Correction factor uncertainty is found to rise with correction factor magnitude.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1993
EventProceedings of the 23rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - Louisville, KY, USA
Duration: 10 May 199314 May 1993


ConferenceProceedings of the 23rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
CityLouisville, KY, USA

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-412-5553


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