Atlas Announces Alliance with Pearl Laboratories

Two laboratories in PV durability testing partner to meet solar industry needs

October 31, 2013, Chicago, IL – Atlas Material Testing Technology, the global leader in weathering technology and services, has entered into an alliance with Pearl Laboratories, a state-of-the art, third-party testing facility that offers reliable energy yield and performance evaluations for solar industry components. 

For over 85 years, Atlas has been pioneering materials durability testing, providing clients with guidance and advanced testing solutions to help determine a product's long-term performance and durability with respect to weathering.


In addition to performance-based testing such as grid-tied testing in benchmark climates, material and component durability testing and BOS durability studies, Atlas has developed a comprehensive, multi-dimensional, environmental weatherability program specifically for photovoltaic (PV) modules - Atlas 25+®. A complement to the International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) "infant mortality" tests, this one-year program delivers:


         Weathering stresses representative of long-term outdoor exposure otherwise unattainable without lengthy real-time testing

         Independent third-party data to support R&D, cost reduction efforts and warranty and performance claims

         Validation to financial stakeholders at all levels


The collaboration between Atlas and Pearl Labs allows clients to obtain both Atlas' PV testing capabilities and Pearl's extensive testing services, which include PV grid-tied testing; shading and snow load studies; PID characterization; thermography; and PV module performance characterization, from a single source. 


"Atlas is extremely pleased to partner with Pearl Laboratories to provide expanded capabilities to our customers," said Rich Slomko, Global Testing Manager for Atlas Material Testing Technology. "The entire PV industry will benefit from this partnership. The combination of our joint capabilities will provide manufacturers with information that is critical to product development, while at the same time supportive of warranty and competitive sales positions." 


"With the combined facilities, capabilities, and know-how of Atlas and Pearl Laboratories, we can now offer the PV industry a complete set of services for the testing, verification, and analysis of PV systems and components and how they will perform in the real world", said Anders Olsson, CEO of Pearl Laboratories. "Together, we provide critical services for the entire PV supply chain, from component R&D to performance verification and financial modeling." 



About Atlas Material Testing Technology -

Atlas is a recognized leader in material testing, offering a complete line of instruments and services for accelerated and natural weathering. In addition, the Atlas Consulting Group helps clients from various industries, including photovoltaics, coatings, plastics, textiles, automotive and cosmetics, develop the best weathering processes for their products. 


Atlas is a unit of AMETEK Measurement & Calibration Technologies, a division within AMETEK's Electronic Instruments Group, a recognized leader in advanced monitoring, testing, calibrating and display instruments. AMETEK, Inc. is a global leader in electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. 


Atlas Material Testing Technology is ISO 17025 and ISO 9001:2008 registered. Atlas products are designed and manufactured to conform to international, national and industry standard test methods, including ISO, ASTM, DIN, JIS and numerous others. 


About Pearl Laboratories -

Colorado-based Pearl Laboratories operates outdoor field arrays and indoor test facilities for in-depth performance and degradation testing. The 140 kW outdoor facilities are equipped for 600V and 1000V strings with a variety of grounding configurations and with inverter sizes from 700W to 12kW. Indoor testing capabilities include accelerated PID testing, high-resolution lock-in thermography, and standard temperature and irradiance controlled light induced stress testing. Pearl Laboratories has extensive experience with field testing having investigated over 10 MW of field installations in Europe, Asia and the United States. Pearl Laboratories also provides PVSYST PAN file generation and verification.