Questions & Answers: The Importance of Soiling Monitoring & Mitigation

Soiling Monitoring System DustIQ

In June 2021, our Application Development Manager Damon Nitzel participated in a webinar hosted by pv magazine. Joining forces with Troy Morlan of Nor-Cal Controls, and Carla Dawson of Relysm, the experts took a deep dive into environmental monitoring, SCADA integration, and solar panel cleaning using robotics and automation to increase awareness of soiling losses […]

OTT HydroMet’s Solar Energy Insights

PV plant

Solar Energy has grown out to be one of Kipp & Zonen’s core application markets, but within the OTT HydroMet organization Lufft is also a key supplier to solar energy. We have collected both Kipp & Zonen and Lufft applications and news in the first issue of OTT HydroMet Insights. This first issue showcases the […]

What poses the greatest environmental hazard for solar energy? Dust!

PV plant

Solar energy has emerged as the best technology in the world for new energy installations, with rapidly spreading global acceptance driven by mega-programs, unbelievably at ever lower costs. Technology advances continue to improve the efficiency of solar energy, with the latest double-digit boost coming from bifacial panels. Meanwhile, the expected lifetime of photovoltaic systems has […]

Just released SmartExplorer 2.0.2.0

SmartExplorer

With the release of SmartExplorer v2020 there is now one software release that supports all Kipp & Zonen Smart instruments and the DustIQ. The manual has been updated and extended to provide more detailed information and instructions. The SmartExplorer software allows you to easily check and change the RS-485 and Modbus parameters. You can also monitor the […]

Solar modeling and monitoring granularity is increasing

Analysis cloud

The days of over-designing and over-building solar power plants to make up for unforeseen generation losses are gone. Thanks to the emerging solar strategy of pursuing every tenth of a percent of system performance by better understanding the impact of equipment specifications, plant monitoring and maintenance on the Performance Ratio; and therefore on the bottom […]

Soiling Measurement is Included in IEC Standard 61724-1

PV plant

For utility-scale PV plants the Performance Ratio (PR) is an important indicator of the efficiency of all the components used. Factors like solar irradiance, PV module temperature, module orientation, module cleanliness; all the way down the chain to cables, connectors, DC and AC power (inverter performance). All of these have their influences on the real […]

DustIQ wins the Megawatt Jadeite Award at SNEC 2019, Shanghai

Jadeite Award

From 4 to 6 June 2019, “SNEC2019 International Solar Photovoltaic and Smart Energy (Shanghai) Exhibition and Conference” was successfully held in Shanghai, China. Kipp & Zonen exhibited at SNEC and presented its innovative new product DustIQ for soiling measurement to the “SNEC Top 10 Highlights” selection committee. Kipp & Zonen and the Chinese Meteorology team […]

Updated manual and software for DustIQ

DustIQ

Based on customer feedback we have updated our DustIQ manual and improved the Smart DustIQ Explorer software that is used to perform the setup. The most recent manual now is v1904-02 and the Smart DustIQ Explorer v2.0.1.0. The new manual has added information on DustIQ status registers in combination with local dust calibration and reworking […]

Soiling Research at Green Energy Park with DustIQ

Energy Park

One of the first to work with DustIQ was Green Energy Park to support the field tests of our research team. Since February 2018 the DustIQ is on their site and measuring the on-site soiling ratio. Green Energy Park (GEP) is a research center, a training platform and a testing facility located in the green […]

6 Views on the Subject of Soiling, Looking Back at SPI 2018

Solar Log

What better way to connect to our customers and update the Solar Industry than the presenting ourselves at the annual Solar Power International (SPI) exhibition? With a large booth and a great team we showed the visitors of SPI what’s new on the monitoring side of a solar energy plant. DustIQ stole the show, again. […]