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Solar Radiation Monitoring Applications

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    Instruments and analyzers for solar radiation energy budgets studies

    The Meteorological research community is very ambitious to understand climate changes and global impact on life. With modern advanced measurement equipment, e.g. satellites, remote sensing technologies and sophisticated computer models, multiple meteorological parameters can be analyzed at a large scale at the same time. As the climate system is very complex it is difficult to give accurate predictions of our future climate. We work with climate models, which are based on the consequences of impacts thus far...

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Instruments and analyzers for solar radiation measurements in PV applications

    Solar radiation is not only the driving force behind the Earth’s weather phenomena, it also drives photovoltaic energy production. One day of solar energy received by the Earth exceeds the amount of worldwide energy consumption per year. Exploring this merely inexhaustible source of energy - either by direct transformation of radiant energy into electricity or by indirect energy production via wind, waves, etc. - seems to be the obvious way to go. In this context solar radiation measurements are of...

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Instruments and analyzers for accurate solar radiation measurements

    Conducting reliable and accurate solar radiation measurements requires some knowledge and attention: think of environmental influences (wind, rain/snow, soling), re-calibration (bi-annually), not to mention data processing, spectral effects, etc. Essentially, accurate broadband solar radiation measurements are obtained using two components: a suitable set of pyranometers, including an optional pyrheliometer (DNI sensor) with sun tracker, and an adequate data logger.

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Instruments and analyzers for PV site solar monitoring

    PV performance measurements under real outdoor conditions are done in may different ways. However, the concept of all performance investigations is to relate the input energy, which is the solar radiative flux, to the output energy, which is the electrical power produced by the PV module. EKO’s Solar Monitoring Stations, referred to as SMS, is the dedicated facility for this type of evaluation.

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

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    Instruments and analyzers for outdoor material testing

    Weathering of materials is most often an irreversible process affecting the cosmetic properties or strength of materials. This aging process is mainly driven by UV radiation, Heat and reactive elements in the atmosphere, for example chemical contamination. The plastic fabric of the product can dry and therefore weakened. The solar load can overheat the products and change material properties irreversibly. A common method to test the deterioration of materials is to expose materials to sun light and...

    By EKO Instruments based in San Jose, CALIFORNIA (USA).

  • Fire Danger Rating / Forecasting

    For various reasons, including the changing global climate, wildfires are getting bigger, more destructive and more expensive. Effective, consistent and reliable detection of climate parameters is the key to preventing wildfires and managing the impact they have. Our equipment resides for decades in solitary confinement generally in very remote areas (often at the tops of mountains or deep within a national forest), constantly measuring and recording weather data. Once per hour, this data is transmitted back to...

    By FTS based in Victoria, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA).

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