Trust + Smart
The future of EKO Pyranometers
Regardless of whether your PV solar plant is large or small, hi-tech or low, maximising your energy yield ultimately depends on creating ...
The future of EKO Pyranometers
Regardless of whether your PV solar plant is large or small, hi-tech or low, maximising your energy yield ultimately depends on creating the perfect conditions. Many PV solar plants already have an onsite monitoring system, generating critical operating data about yield and performance-ratio, but with increasing energy demands, and increasing competition, its’ time to consider upgrading to ‘Smart Sensors’.
While there isn’t any single international standard that defines what makes a sensor smart, ‘Smart Sensors’ are typically characterised by onboard intelligence and the ability to communicate via a digital network. As with any new tool or technology, Smart Sensors used for control require trust. Trust that the sensor is accurate, calibrated, reliable, timely, and secure.
At EKO Instruments, we have been working to combine ‘trust’ with ‘smart’, taking our existing range of ISO9060 Class Pyranometers, proven over time and around the world, and adding new ‘smart’ features. Our goal, to launch a new ‘MS-S’ Series of ‘smart’ pyranometers, pyrgeometers, and UV sensors; upgraded ‘smart’ variants of the MS-80, MS-60, MS-40, MS-20, MS-11 and MS-10.
The ‘MS-S’ Series will add value to any application with advanced performance and diagnostic functions. New features, including the ability to self-monitor tilt angle, temperature and inside humidity monitoring, and onboard diagnostic sensors will help to prevent unplanned sensor and system downtime; and have been designed to help significantly improve yield, efficiency, and performance.
The EKO ‘MS-S’ sensors will also combine efficient digital communications via ‘Modbus 485’ and ‘SDI-12’, with electronic analogue controls. The analogue 4-20 mA and 0-10mA output standards will support communication between sensors and data controllers with an analogue input, while 4-20 mA signals will also be largely immune to electrical noise. Per-point wiring has also been included in the design to ensure that communication is reliable and easy to troubleshoot.
And, with the imminent launch of our new free to download ‘Hibi’ software, we are also making data visualisation easier than ever. ‘Hibi’ means ‘day by day’ in Japanese, and with this programme, users will be able to visualise detection signals, set communication parameters, and rapidly troubleshoot any issues from day one.
The EKO ‘MS-S’ Series of smart sensors will bring together the quality and reliability of EKO solar sensors with our commitment to continuous innovation and are designed to play a key role in improving solar power plant monitoring and control. They will be Industry 4.0 ready, and capable of measuring rapid irradiance variations, with high reliability, stability, and accuracy across a wide operational temperature range.
Email the team at ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to register your interest or to find out more about the ‘MS-S’ Series of Smart Sensors.
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