Hamburg Airport meets highest safety standard ICAO GRF with OTT HydroMet systems

Control vehicle at Hamburg Airport

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 the first German airport to meet the safety standard with an innovative solution from OTT HydroMet. To increase air traffic safety, the International Civil Aviation […]

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 like road weather monitoring, smart cities and others, meeting scientific standards is not necessary. In this episode, Tobias Weil, Business Development Manager & Dieter Knauss, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 users are less familiar with the signal output than in meteorology and climate research. Let me share my experiences on dataloggers to you. I will […]

Quick facts on the IEC 61724-1 standard for PV stakeholders

Ventilation CVF4

The type of pyranometer and the number you need for a PV plant depends on many factors such as the size and location. But there is an industry guideline for solar monitoring in Photovoltaics you can refer to: IEC 61724-1– Photovoltaic system performance – Part 1: Monitoring. It outlines equipment, methods, and terminology for performance […]

RT1 Update

RT1

The first RT1 systems have left our factory and are now installed in the field. RT1 can play a crucial role in monitoring the efficiency of commercial-scale rooftop solar panel installations. It provides the real-time local irradiance and PV panel temperature measurements that you need to derive the performance ratio, and thus the return on […]

Next Generation LOGBOX Available Now

Logbox

With the ongoing innovations in our range of instruments, it was time to update the popular LOGBOX SD data logger with some smart features. The all-new LOGBOX SE replaces the SD model and has many benefits compared to its predecessor. For accurately recording measurement data from small solar monitoring systems at a fixed station, or […]