Solar Monitoring Systems

Kipp & Zonen for all Your Solar Radiation Measurements

OTT HydroMet’s Kipp & Zonen business has been designing and manufacturing solar radiation measurement equipment since 1924. We have supplied solar instruments for decades to leading meteorological, climatological and atmospheric science organizations, research institutes and energy companies around the globe.

We provide solar radiation measuring instruments for:

Our instrument calibrations are fully traceable to the World Radiometric Reference at the World Radiation Centre in Davos, Switzerland, and to relevant international standards.

Solar Radiation Measurement for Solar Energy Applications Whitepaper

Learn about the following topics in this Whitepaper:

  • What is solar irradiance

  • Introduction to….

  • The components of….

  • How to measure….

  • And much more

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Solar Monitoring Stations Guide

A solar monitoring station includes a set of instruments to measure the different components of solar radiation, including: 

  • Global horizontal irradiance (GHI)
  • Direct normal irradiance (DNI)
  • Diffuse horizontal irradiance (DHI)

We offer different systems to measure DNI ranging from an all-in-one system to very robust sun tracking systems that can be installed in any challenging environment. Read more and application examples.

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Solar Energy Monitoring Related Resources

Solar Irradiance Monitoring in Solar Energy Projects Brochure

Learn what is important in solar irradiance measurements in solar energy projects.

This brochure provides helpful guidelines for Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal projects, including practical information on site prospecting and the e­fficiency monitoring of solar power plants.

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Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) Requirements Overview

The BSRN manual represents the highest quality of solar radiation measurement currently achievable using commercially available equipment.

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World Climate Research Programme – BSRN Manual

The Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) is a project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) and as such is aimed at detecting important changes in the Earth's radiation field at the Earth's surface which may be related to climate changes.

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Kipp & Zonen Newsletter #44

Irradiance monitoring systems for rooftop photovoltaic installations article.

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In the Field

Encouraging Solar Energy in South Africa with SAURAN

Six universities from South Africa, and one each from Île de la Réunion and Botswana, are cooperating in the Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) - to promote the use of solar energy in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries

The other goal is to improve the quality of satellite-derived solar data available for the area. The project utilizes the SOLYS2 sun tracker, CMP11 pyranometers and CHP 1 pyrheliometer.

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