Status Report

NASA ARC Solicitation: Solar Simulator

By SpaceRef Editor
June 4, 2008
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Synopsis – Jun 04, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNA08253440Q-AHH
Posted Date: Jun 04, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 04, 2008
Original Response Date: Jun 19, 2008
Current Response Date: Jun 19, 2008
Classification Code: 66 — Instruments and laboratory equipment
NAICS Code: 334516 – Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Ames Research Center, JA:M/S 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000


NASA ARC has a requirement for a solar simulator to measure conversion efficiencies of photons to electrical power, which is vital to developing solar cell devices. The solar simulator must have a variable illumination area that can provide uniform illumination up to an area of 12″x12″. It is preferable that the 12″x12″ area is illuminated with collimated light; however, a square area of at least 4″x4″ must be collimated. The solar simulator must come with a wide range of integrated filters to simulate incident solar light conditions covering the entire solar spectrum range including the UV, Vis, and IR with and without the presence of an atmosphere. The solar simulator must adequately simulate the solar spectrum with power densities that ranges within +/- one decade of one sun (i.e. within the range of 0.1 to 10 suns). It will also be necessary in the future to have the option of carrying out measurements as a function of incident angle with respect to the perpendicular direction of surface plane. As such, it will be necessary to have an integrated PV-IV electrical testing instrumentation accompanying the solar simulator that also allows for flexibility with upgrades in software and hardware for future add-ons. The solar simulator must include all of the necessary and compatible power supplies, testing instruments, cables, manuals, and any other relevant hardware and software integration tools needed to make the solar simulator a single turn-key system that will be ready to use “out of the box” upon receipt for measuring the electrical conversion efficiencies of photons to electrical output power.

NASA ARC intends to purchase this item from Newport Corporation, Irvine CA, that is the only known responsible source for a solar simulator that meets all of the above requirements. The authority of this action is 10 USC 2304(c)(1).

The Government intends to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12 and the procurement will be conducted under Simplified Acquisition Procedures set forth under FAR Part 13.

Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort via email to the identified point of contact no later than 12:00 p.m. (Noon) PST on June 19, 2008. Please note that this is a hard deadline and that no late responses will be accepted. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government.

Oral communications are not acceptable in response to this notice.

All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.

An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note “B”.

Point of Contact: Contract Specialist, Melissalynn Perkins

Point of Contact

Name: Melissalynn Perkins
Title: Contract Specialist
Phone: 650-604-6516
Fax: 650-604-3020

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