Soiling Sensor DustIQ: Firmware Update Improves Response and Handling

DustIQ Soiling Sensor next to PV modules

The pioneering soiling monitoring system Kipp & Zonen DustIQ is becoming even better. From now on, OTT HydroMet provides the DustIQ with a new firmware that simplifies both handling and calibration. Active users can update to the new firmware, too. Read this article to learn how. Better response to soiling with increased sensitivity Measurements taken […]

Solar Podcast: Back from Intersolar 2021 – Learnings and Innovations

Starting with uncertain expectations, Intersolar Europe has turned into an overwhelming success. Although Covid-19 and its effects still pose challenges, the solar industry looks ahead optimistically. The OTT HydroMet booth proved to be a magnet for visitors, who showed great interest for the company’s environmental monitoring solutions. In our latest episode, we ask our participants […]

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 […]

The Main Learnings from 2020’s Solar Events

2020 has been an informative year for the solar industry. In times of cancelled trade shows and conferences due to Covid-19, the solar community has tapped the potential of virtual events. In this article, we summarize the learnings from four notable events our experts participated in. These are the Solar Asset Management, Solar Power International, […]

OTT HydroMet’s Solar Energy Insights

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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!

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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 […]

New accessory: PMU485 Smart Setup Hub

PV Plant Sunset

The PMU485 Smart Setup Hub connecting your PC to any Smart Kipp & Zonen instrument. Kipp & Zonen not only designs high quality Smart solar radiation measuring instruments, but we also try to make your life easier. With PMU485 we launch an all-in-one 12 VDC power source and RS-485 to USB converter to power and communicate […]

Soiling Measurement is Included in IEC Standard 61724-1

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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 […]