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

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 […]

Hot Topics in Monitoring Solar Irradiance

Pyranometer

We have a lot of contacts with existing and prospective customers in the solar energy industry; at exhibitions, in workshops or by email and through the Kipp & Zonen support system. Many of the same issues keep coming up, in one form or another. So, we have decided to put together a whitepaper that addresses […]

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 […]