Design Advancement of an Indoor Soil Deposition Chamber: A Road to Standardization

Z. Hammond, T. Curtis, Lin Simpson, G. Tamizhmani

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3 Scopus citations


An indoor soil deposition chamber has been designed and constructed at the Arizona State University Photovoltaic Reliability Lab (ASU-PRL) to simulate photovoltaic (PV) module soiling in the field. This paper discusses the next set of revisions to the design, which are organized into three categories: design improvements, cost reduction, and new features. The design process was carried out with the intention of working toward the development of a national or international soiling standard. The improvements made to the chamber are described in detail to provide a guide for other laboratories or research facilities who wish to study photovoltaic (PV) soiling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104942
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • photovoltaic cells
  • product design
  • rapid prototyping
  • reliability engineering
  • soiling standardization
  • solar energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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