skip to Main Content

BrightSpot Automation installs CellSpot-EL/PL system for Perovskite stability investigations at University of Colorado, Boulder 

BrightSpot Automation CellSpot at CU Boulder BrightSpot Automation today announced that it has installed a CellSpot-EL/PL system at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the laboratory of Prof. Mike McGehee.  BrightSpot staff worked closely with graduate student Isaac Gould on the customization of the tool for application to Perovskite solar cells, including changes in photoluminescence illumination wavelength, camera filters, electroluminescence power supply control down to the sub milliamp level, and automated time series image collection to observe degradation over time.   "Isaac was a pleasure to work with, and this collaboration was incredibly helpful in optimizing our tool for application to the large potential user base of Perovskite solar cell researchers, and we wish him luck at his upcoming MRS conference presentation on May 9," said BrightSpot CTO Dr. Andrew Gabor. Graduate student Isaac Gould said, "Both Phil Knodle and Andrew Gabor at BrightSpot were incredibly helpful in testing our cells and customizing their system for our Perovskite cells.  The system installation went smoothly, and we collected great data from the start.  The high camera resolution and sensitivity are enabling very detailed images at quick acquisition times, and this will be critical in our studies of Perovskite degradation modes."  CU Boulder Professor Michael McGehee said, " We really look forward to having spatially resolved information on how well our cells are working.  It will be great to know if we have problems everywhere in the device or only at certain places." About BrightSpot Automation, LLC BrightSpot Automation builds innovative solar cell and solar panel testing equipment.  The company is based in Westford, MA. About the McGehee Group at Colorado University Boulder The McGehee group is currently doing research on perovskite solar cells.  The group is inspired to develop technology that can provide humanity with clean energy and solve environmental problems.

BrightSpot will have a booth at Intersolar – CA

BrightSpot Automation will be attending Intersolar in Long Beach, CA from Jan 13-15. Come visit us in booth 2113 and register to win a UVF Flashlight Kit! Please contact us ahead of time if you would like to schedule a meeting or training on Electroluminescence and UV Fluorescence equipment operation or analysis of EL and UVF images.

BrightSpot is presenting at the 2021 IEEE PVSC Conference

BrightSpot CTO, Andrew Gabor, is presenting today on UV Fluorescence testing of Residential PV systems using the BrightSpot polemount UV Flash Camera system. Most of the systems tested had heavy levels of cell cracking and many had hotspots. Other problems such as finger corrosion/delamination, junction box seal failure, and soiling were also detected. See our Publications webpage for the full paper.

Philip Knodle has joined BrightSpot Automation

Phil Knodle has joined BrightSpot Automation as Principal Software Engineer.  He will further develop the IMPEL software for our Electroluminescence and Photoluminescence inspection systems, including the introduction of machine learning based defect detection.  He will also work on product development of our new line of high-throughput UV Fluorescence imaging systems.  Previously Phil contributed to the life sciences at TissueVision where he developed and implemented image acquisition electronics and related software in their TissueCyte Imaging Platform.  At Fraunhofer USA he designed and implemented control systems for custom lab and automation equipment.  Phil, a graduate of Boston University, has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing scientific instrumentation, industrial automation, embedded systems, and motion control systems. Phil is also an installation artist who focuses on the intersection between the physical and digital world.   A perfect match for our systems!

BrightSpot is presenting at the NREL PV Reliability Workshop

“Do those short solar cells cracks that I can barely see in EL really matter? “ BrightSpot CTO Andrew Gabor and Duncan Harwood of D2 Solar will be presenting during poster session A at the NREL PV Reliability Workshop this Monday morning February 22nd.  If you are attending please stop by and learn the answer and see results from the high resolution EL camera system and LoadSpot mechanical load tester.

Maurice Covino joins BrightSpot Automation

Maurice Covino has joined BrightSpot Automation as Director of Sales and Marketing. He has consulted part time for BrightSpot for over the last 2 years acting as International Sales Manager. He will continue in that role as well as assume responsibility for domestic sales and product marketing. Maurice has over 20 years of successful sales and marketing experience in the PV industry at companies including BERGER Lichttechnik, Spire, and Schmid GmbH.

NABCEP-2020 Virtual Conference and Training

BrightSpot Automation has a virtual booth at the The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) conference from Sep 9-24 2020, and will giving a company presentation on Sep 15, and a for-credit training course on Sep 22 on Electroluminescence (EL) and UV Fluorescence testing of defects in solar panels.

COVID-19 Response

BrightSpot Automation is open for business. We place the well being of our staff, partners, and customers as a top priority, and are taking appropriate precautions.

Attending Solar Power Northeast – Feb 5-6, 2019, Boston MA

BrightSpot Automation staff will be exhibiting at the SPI tradeshow and available for discussions and demonstrations of the BrightSpot Electroluminescence camera system as well the new MobileTestSpot EL & IV trailer-based mobile testing lab.  In booth #105 together with our field service partners from Acuity Power Group.