Whitepaper: Reshaping The Renewable Energy Landscape With “Floatovoltaics”

Colocation is a growing trend within the energy industry, with sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and battery storage solutions being joined to optimize power generation. If a recent study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory is any indicator, one pairing that might become increasingly popular is solar and hydropower. Solar and hydropower are […]

A trip to the Swiss village where the world calibrates its solar monitoring instruments

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Measuring the energy of the sun precisely is not as easy as tracking distances or weight. To set an international standard for solar monitoring instruments radiometers, the World Radiation Centre in Davos, Switzerland, holds comparison events that result in the World Radiometric Reference. One of the participants was Dr. Joop Mes, Senior Scientist at OTT HydroMet. In this short interview, he explains what the IPC is and why it is so important.

Top 5 Most Read Blog Articles 2021

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2021 is slowly passing by. Scrolling through the articles we’ve published throughout the year reflects the trends and challenges in the meteorological community. From new airport weather guidelines to innovative sensor technologies to deep dives on wind and solar radiation measurements – these are our five most read articles of 2021.

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 […]

Weather Monitoring for C&I PV Installations

The potential across the solar energy market does not cease to grow. In the latest episode of OTT CAST, we take a look at the rapidly growing Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segment. C&I scale plants combine advantages of smaller and larger installations: Being flexible in size and power output, C&I installations equipped with storage capacities […]

Spectral Selectivity vs. Spectral Error: Shedding Light on ISO 9060:2018

In late 2018, the ISO 9060 standard for solar radiometers underwent a remarkable update that brought significant changes on the classification of solar radiation measurement quality. At first glance, ISO 9060:2018 appears to be mainly a renaming of radiometer classification launched in the original version from 1990. But, as often, the devil is in the […]

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 […]

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 […]