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APR
28
2020

Making History

Innovation by EKO, since 1927

Weather is often changeable; rain one-minute, blazing sun the next. Climate meanwhile takes a longer view. It’s the weather of a particular ...

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APR
20
2020

PV Diagnostics & the MP-11

Customer Story

PV Diagnostics (Mumbai, India) specialises in onsite testing services, providing quality control and diagnostics for solar power plants across India. The MP-11 I-V Checker is ...

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MAR
13
2020

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 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 ‘info@eko-eu.com’ to register your interest or to find out more about the ‘MS-S’ Series of Smart Sensors.

 


 

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MAR
05
2020

Responding to COVID-19

A statement from EKO Instruments President, Toshikazu Hasegawa


On the 26th of February, EKO Instruments Japan were due to begin exhibiting at Smart Energy Week 2020; ...

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FEB
13
2020

EKO Instruments Pledge to Cut Bad Plastics

PRESS RELEASE: 

2022 Challenge to phase out all single-use plastics

EKO Instruments Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) have issued a public pledge to phase out all possible single-use, ...

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FEB
10
2020

Kogakuin University Complete the World Solar Car Challenge 2019

Supported by EKO Instruments

EKO Instruments Co., Ltd. supported Kogakuin University at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 (BWSC 2019) in Australia, held from the 13th ...

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JUN
17
2020

Intersolar EUROPE

Messe München exhibition center
Munich - Germany
17 - 19 June 2020
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JUN
11
2020

ASEAN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WEEK

BITEC
Bangkok - Thailand
11 - 13 June 2020
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APR
07
2020

Solar Asset Management - North America

Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA - United States
07 - 08 April 2020
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FEB
26
2020

PV & Wind Expo 2020

Tokyo Big Sight, South / West Exhibition Building
Tokyo - Japan
26 - 28 February 2020
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JAN
29
2020

Nanotech 2020

Tokyo Big Sight, West / South Halls & Conferences Tower
Tokyo - Japan
29 - 31 January 2020
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JAN
13
2020

World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

ADNEC
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
13 - 16 January 2020
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