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

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...
MeteorologySolar Energy
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Top 5 Most Read Blog Articles 2021

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...
MeteorologySolar Energy

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...
Solar Energy

New Podcast Episode: Getting Runways Ready for ICAO GRF

Ensuring safe conditions on runways is a highly responsible task. From November 4th on, the International Civil Organization launches the Global Reporting Format (GRF) will be applicable for airports all...
Meteorology
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Hamburg Airport meets highest safety standard ICAO GRF with OTT HydroMet systems

A new guideline standardizes the assessment of runway conditions at airports. The international Global Reporting Format (ICAO GRF) helps pilots to better assess conditions on the runway. Hamburg Airport is...
Meteorology

New Podcast Episode: Reading WMO Guidelines Right

To make meteorological measurements comparable, the World Meteorological Organization WMO establishes guidelines for atmospheric parameters. These are covered by WMO-No. 8 for highest precision meteorological monitoring. However, for many applications...
Meteorology

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...
Solar Energy
Pyranometer

Hot Topics in Monitoring Solar Irradiance

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...
Solar Energy
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Soiling Measurement is Included in IEC Standard 61724-1

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...
Solar Energy
Pyranometer

Choosing the right data logger for your Kipp & Zonen CMP series pyranometer

Kipp & Zonen receives a lot of questions about whether a particular data logger is suitable for use with our instruments. These are mainly from the solar energy sector, where...
Solar Energy