DranetzUSA Introduces the ProfiTest PV Solar Panel Tester

Results From Gossen-Metrawatt ProfiTest PV Can Be View Within Seconds of Set-up

Edison, New Jersey April 19, 2012

DranetzUSA has gone solar with the Gossen-Metrawatt Profitest PV Peak Measurement and Characteristic Curve Tracer. The ProfiTest PV can be used for the measurement of characteristic IV curves of photovoltaic modules and strings. It is also capable of calculating peak power, internal series resistance (Rs) shunt resistance (Rp) on the basis of measured values directly at the PV system's installation site. The results can then be viewed in a color graphical display or with the free PC software.

Easy, fast, accurate and safe are all qualities of Gossen- Metrawatt products. Set-up is both simple and intuitive and results can be displayed immediately on the ProfiTest PV and compared against the solar panel's manufacturers specifications. "One of the unique features of the ProfiTest PV is that a PC is not required for setup or results," said DranetzUSA Product Manager Ed Russo. "Our ProfiTest PV will display the IV curve and compare it to the panel's Standard Test Conditions (STC). Any deviation from the STC may indicate a problem with the panel, cells or the installation."

In a recent test using the ProfiTest PV, the IV curve of the solar panels were measured against the manufacturer's specifications and a deviation in output was found, likely due to a defect in the solar panel. As a result, the power output was reduced, which if allowed to go unresolved, would compromise the payback on the PV installation.

About DranetzUSA
Gossen-Metrawatt (GMC-I) is headquartered in Nuernberg, Germany and is a world leader in test and measurement equipment and the parent company of Dranetz, the Standard for Energy & Power Measurement]. Dranetz is the leading provider of intelligent monitoring solutions for electrical demand as well as energy and power quality. DranetzUSA.com has been developed by Dranetz to carry the full line of GMC-I products including electrical safety testers, electrical testers, insulation testers, earth testers, multifunction multimeters, energy management, energy monitoring, photometry and light meters.

Ed Russo
1-800-372-6832 x335

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