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AUG
14
2020

Virtual Meetings, Real Progress

The New Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic may be winding down in some countries, but its impact will be felt long-after the lockdowns have ended. With so many ...

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JUL
02
2020

A bright future for China

Renewable Energy in Asia after Covid-19

CHINA by Caris Chan, Market Director

COVID-19 has hit hard and incredibly fast everywhere, and it looks like we are going ...

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JUN
24
2020

EKO Launch MS-90 Plus+

NEW Cost-Saving Package Measures DNI, DHI, and GHI

EKO Instruments Europe B.V. (The Hague, Netherlands) today (24/06/2020) announced the launch of the MS-90 Plus+, a new total solar irradiance measurement solution combining the companies industry-leading MS-80 Class A Pyranometer, an original C-Box smart interface, and the unique internal rotating mirror design of the MS-90 DNI Sensor.

Solar PV generation increased 31% in 2018, ahead of wind and hydropower, and with annual average growth of 16% still on track between 2018 and 2030[i] there has been growing demand for accurate, cost-saving, alternatives to larger solar monitoring stations.

The MS-90 Plus+ was developed as a practical solution to the increasing diversity of solar power plant locations and Photovoltaic (PV) applications. Taking up much less space, the MS-90 Plus+ can easily be deployed on rooftops or other inaccessible areas.

Dr Mário Pó, lead scientist at EKO Instruments Europe, described the MS-90 Plus+ as “a truly viable alternative to a full solar monitoring station” thanks to the unique internal rotating mirror design of the MS-90 DNI Sensor at the heart of the new system. The distinct shape of the mirror reflects sunlight to a high-speed pyroelectric detector, measuring direct radiation without the whole unit tracking the sun as a much larger solar monitoring station would.

“This approach is not only cost-effective, but without external moving parts, it also means that the MS-90 Plus+ is an incredibly robust solution for difficult to reach installations where regular maintenance may be difficult or impossible” explained Dr Pó.

The MS-90 Plus+ also includes an integrated GPS receiver, enabling the C-Box to calculate diffuse irradiance based on the DNI data from the MS-90 and the GHI data from the MS-80; plus, a MODBUS 485 RTU output for easy connection to any digital data acquisition system.

“As solar power continues to grow, the need for alternative monitoring solutions is coming up against the over-riding requirement for accuracy” explained Kees Hoogendijk, Managing Director of EKO Instruments Europe. “That’s why we’ve developed the MS-90 Plus+. It’s a new angle on accuracy, combining the build quality and accuracy of different EKO sensors into one, compact, and efficient solution.”

 

[i] International Energy Agency: Tracking Power, Solar PV Report 2019

https://www.iea.org/reports/tracking-power-2019/solar-pv

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JUN
15
2020

A bright future for India

Renewable Energy in Asia after Covid-19

INDIA by Huzefa Motiwala, Country Manager

The renewable energy sector in India, already grappling with various issues such as delays to ...

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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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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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