PhotoVoltaics

Photovoltaics studies are more related to materials and semi-conductors science than to electrochemistry. Nonetheless, our instruments, when used as an impedance analyzer, can give access to very important information using Mott-Schottky analysis. Our scanning probe tools can give access to local work functions, hence characterizing at a lower scale the properties of the material.
The literature below will give a few examples of what can be done with our instruments within this field.

Literature

AN#18 – Staircase Potentio Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and automatic successive ZFit analysis
AN#24 – Photovoltaic Characterizations: Polarization and Mott Schottky plot
AN#30 – IMVS investigation on photovoltaic cell (updated June 8, 2010)
AN#35 – Application of the Capacitance-Voltage curve to photovoltaic cell characterizations
AN#45 – Using ZFit for multiple cycles analysis
AN#59 – A full solution to address battery module/pack.

 

Local Electrochemistry Investigation
AN#1 – Height tracking with the SKP370 or SKP470 module
AN#4 – Post-treatment and optimization of area scan experiments
AN#5 – Introducing the Microscopic Image Rapid Analysis (MIRA) software
AN#8 – Graphical and analysis tools in M370/M470 software
AN#12 – 3D Map production using the 3DIsoPlot software
AN#14 – Introduction to the Modular Map Experiment: an Interdigitated Array electrode example
AN#15 – Introduction to the USB-PIO: measuring the effect of light on a live leaf

Related instruments

  • CLB-2000

    CLB-2000

    Load for fuel cell or photovolatic stack application

    The CLB-2000 Controlled Load Box is a stand-alone compact electronic load bank of 2000 W (150 A / 50 V) controlled by an integrated potentiostat/galvanostat.

    Channel: single
    Min current dynamic: +/-20 nA
    Max current dynamic: +/-100 A
    Voltage range: 0.6 V to +5 V
    EIS: up to 10 kHz

  • FlexP 0160

    FlexP 0160

    High Power Booster for VMP3 (FlexP 0160)

    The FlexP 0160 is designed for battery stack/pack characterizations. The continuous maximum current of +/-50 A for a single unit can be extended up to +/-200 A by connecting four units in parallel.

    Channel: single
    Min current dynamic: +/-500 mA
    Max current dynamic: +/-50 A
    Voltage range: 1 V to +60 V
    EIS: up to 10 kHz

  • HCV-3048 Booster

    HCV-3048 Booster

    Fast and powerful current & voltage external booster for VMP-300 series

    The HCV-3048 is designed for battery stack/pack characterizations. The continuous maximum current of +/-30 A for a single unit can be extended up to +/-120 A by connecting four units in parallel.

    Channel: single
    Min current dynamic: +/-300 mA
    Max current dynamic: +/-30 A
    Voltage range: 0 V to +48 V
    EIS: up to 500 kHz

  • M370 – SKP

    M370 – SKP

    Using a metallic probe shielded by a metallic cylinder, the Kelvin potential, also named surface potential difference, related to the work function difference, is measured. The system includes a positioning system, an electrometer board, an LIA (Lock-In Amplifier), all are hosted in the control box.

    Scanning Kelvin Probe.
    Measures the local Kelvin potential, which is related to work function difference between the tip and the sample.

  • M470 – SKP

    M470 – SKP

    Using a metallic probe shielded by a metallic cylinder, the Kelvin potential, also named surface potential difference, related to the work function difference, is measured. The system includes a positioning system, an electrometer board, an LIA (Lock-In Amplifier), all are hosted in the control box.

    Scanning Kelvin Probe.
    Measures the local Kelvin potential, which is related to work function difference between the tip and the sample.

  • SP-300

    SP-300

    Fast, Sensitive, stable and modular

    SP-300 is a state-of-the-art modular high end potentiostat / galvanostat / FRA with remarkable specifications.

    Channel: single/bipot
    Min current dynamic: +/-100 pA
    Min with LC/ULC option: +/-100 fA
    Max current dynamic: +/-500 mA
    Max with current booster option: +-A30
    Voltage range: -10V to +10V
    with option: -48V to +48V
    EIS: up to 7 MHz