Solar Energy

Experts in Providing Solar Energy Measurement Solutions

The sun provides 99.98% of the energy for our planet (the rest is geothermal) and is responsible, directly or indirectly, for the existence of life on Earth.

The solar radiation reaching the ground is the key factor in determining the output of a solar energy plant, and this is heavily influenced by environmental and weather parameters.

OTT HyroMet’s Kipp & Zonen and Lufft have extensive knowledge and expertise in providing measurement solutions for these environmental and weather parameters.

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Kipp & Zonen is the world-wide specialist in the measurement of solar radiation. We offer a range of instruments for the measurement of global, diffuse and direct radiation.

Make the Most of the Sun – Solar Applications Brochure

If Photovoltaic or Thermal Solar Energy is your business, you need to know how to measure the radiation available from the Sun - new guide for solar energy applications

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Solar Energy Related Resources

OTT HydroMet Insights: for Solar Energy

OTT HydroMet Insights: for Solar Energy

The first issue of the OTT HydroMet Insights, which we have created for all Experts in the Solar Industry. Contents:

  • Interview with Dattatreya Poosarla
  • Engineer at Nor-Cal about the new DustIQ soiling monitoring system
  • Article on Kipp & Zonen albedometers
  • Success story on how the Lufft and Kipp & Zonen sensors are used by Jambhekar Automation Solutions
  • Updates on the new partnerships; a bifacial PV study with multiple pyranometers and more

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Solar Irradiance Monitoring in Solar Energy Projects

Solar Irradiance Monitoring in Solar Energy Projects

Solar radiation is the input for all solar energy generation systems. 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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Solar Monitoring Stations

Solar Monitoring Stations

Everything worth knowing about solar monitoring with application examples, customer references and product information.

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Components of Solar Radiation

Radiation Components

Image showing the solar radiation components using the example of the Kipp & Zonen SOLYS2 sun tracker.

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RaZON – a Novel Solar Monitoring System

We present RaZON+, the new Kipp & Zonen solar monitoring system for accurate and cost effective solar radiation measurements. The system uses a novel concept pyrheliometer to measure direct normal irradiance (DNI) and a new shaded pyranometer for diffuse horizontal irradiance (DHI).

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Solar Energy Guide

Solar Energy Guide

A Guide to maximizing the Performance of Photovoltaic and Thermal Solar Energy Systems with Precision Monitoring of Solar Radiation.

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50 Resources for Solar Energy Professionals

50 Resources for Solar Energy Professionals

A guide with 50 resources such as solar trends reports, solar calculators, and solar social groups.

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In the Field

Chinese University of Hong Kong Studies Outdoor 3D Radiant Fluxes

Chinese University of Hong Kong Studies Outdoor 3D Radiant Fluxes

The Mean Radiant Temperature (TMRT) is one of the important indices governing human energy balance and thermal comfort of man as defined by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). This is the uniform temperature of an imaginary enclosure in which radiant heat transfer from the human body equals the radiant heat transfer in the actual non-uniform enclosure.

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Energy Balance Studies in India with LAS MkII

Energy Balance Studies in India with LAS MkII

The Indian Institute of Remote Sciences (IIRS), Dehradun in collaboration with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi chose the Kipp & Zonen LAS MkII to conduct studies in Energy Balance. Now their research results have been published in the Journal of Earth System Science(1).

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Novel Estimation of Albedo Using a Drone Pyranometer

Novel Estimation of Albedo Using a Drone Pyranometer

By Charlotte Levy, PhD Student - Goodale & Fahey Labs, Cornell University and Martin LaChance, UAV Imaging Services – Understanding global climate change is a complex process, because small variations in hard to measure variables can turn into major impacts on the global scale. Albedo is a measure of the reflectiveness of a surface. When a surface reflects solar energy, rather than absorbing it as heat, it can result in major cooling both locally and globally.

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Understanding the Future for Glaciers in the Himalaya

Understanding the Future for Glaciers in the Himalayas

After the polar ice caps, the Himalaya (‘abode of snow’ in Sanskrit) has the largest number of glaciers; more than thirty thousand square kilometers of the mountain range is covered by glacial ice. These glaciers are a focus of public and scientific debate related to the effects of climate change.

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Leading PV in Datong, Shanxi with 14 Solar Monitoring Stations

Leading PV in Datong, Shanxi with 14 Solar Monitoring Stations

In 2016, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announced a total PV installation target of 18.1GW for 2016, within which 12.6 GW are for standard types of PV installations, including both ground-mounted PV and distributed PV projects. The additional 5.5 GW are for demonstration projects within the PV Leader Program. The first demonstration projects have been built in Datong and are all monitored with Kipp & Zonen Solar Monitoring Stations.

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The Sunniest Province in Canada, Saskatchewan

The Sunniest Province in Canada, Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is known for being the sunniest province in Canada and the ability to measure and quantify that fact is important. A Kipp & Zonen CSD 3 Sunshine Duration Sensor installed at the Saskatchewan Research Council’s new Climate Reference Station at the Conservation Learning Centre, just south of Prince Albert, assists in documenting this important feature of Saskatchewan.

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Encouraging Solar Energy in South Africa with SAURAN

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 and to improve the quality of satellite-derived solar data available for the area.

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