Solar Monitoring Stations
EKO Instruments unique Solar Monitoring Station (SMS) is the primary reference to collect high quality solar irradiance data on-site. The innovative turn-key system provides all fundamental solar radiation and meteorological parameters for PV site evaluation, performance monitoring and cell optimizing.
The SMS is factory composed, but can be freely configured to meet all client- and market-specific demands. It is the aim of EKO Instruments to help clients get ahead by developing turn-keyresearch solutions and services for the Photovoltaic and Meteorological markets. With our high level of know-how and latest technologies used in our Photovoltaic measuring equipment and Solar Radiation Sensors we aim to extend clients solar research capabilities in function, accuracy and quality.
EKO’s new solar Monitoring System, called STR-21G-S, is a dedicated sensor system to …
EKO Instruments unique Solar Monitoring Station (SMS) is the primary reference to collect high quality …
SMS can be freely configured based on the following items.
|MS-80 / 80A / 80M||High precision Secondary Standard Pyranometer|
|MS-802||Secondary Standard Pyranometer|
|MS-802F||Secondary Standard Pyranometer|
|MS-402||First Class Pyranometer|
|MS-402F||First Class Pyranometer|
|MS-410||First Class Pyranometer|
|MS-602||Second Class Pyranometer|
|MS-56||First class pyrheliometer|
|MS-57||High precision First class pyrheliometer|
|STR-21G||Single arm sun tracker|
|STR-22G||Double arm sun tracker|
|STR-32G||Double arm sun tracker|
|WS-300||Meteorological sensor (Temperature, Humidity, Pressure)|
|WS-500||Meteorological sensor (Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Wind speed & Direction)|
|WS-600||Meteorological sensor (Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Wind speed & Direction, precipitation)|
Solar Power System (All items included)
|Battery||AGM (2 x 110 Ah (12 + 12 VDC)|
|PV Modules||2 x 80 Wp|
|Battery charger||MPPT charger|
|Frame||Adjustable PV module frame and battery stand|
Data Acquisition system (All items included except options)
|Back-up battery||PS-100 (7 Ah / 12VDC)|
|Software||PC-200 or PC-400 or Loggernet|
|Power supply||24 VDC / 2.5A|
|Enclosure mounting kit||ENC-380-MK for LPT-130|
|GSM / GPRS interface||(Optional)(no SIM card included)|
Large Size Tripod
|LPT-130||Large Size Tripod (130 cm)|
|SSA-01||Single sensor side arm|
|DSA-02||Double sensor side arm|
|PMP-01||Pyranometer mounting plate for MS-X02|
|PMP-02||Pyranometer mounting plate for MS-X02F|
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 ...
Solar Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) represents the direct solar component and contains about 80% of the total solar energy budget on earth. Outside the atmosphere (AM0) the solar ...
EKO's Solar Monitoring Stations are suitable for field research and on-site evaluation of solar irradiance conditions at solar power plants (PV, CPV, CSP) and meteorological sites.
The Solar Monitoring Station is used as a reference for fundamental solar energy research studies and contributes to primary development of more efficient solar cells.
Accurate solar energy statistics are necessary to determine the solar power potential and thus whether or not a site is suitable to built a solar power plant. Even in sunny places, the composition of the atmosphere affects the solar spectral distribution which will impact on the energy yield and influences the decision on which cell type to use. Also the ground surface is of great influence. For example, radiation reflects more on snow than on grassland, so the yield efficiency during the year can be different. The SMS will accurately pinpoint the solar prospect for certain sites, taking into consideration all environmental factors that affect solar radiation on the module.
Monitoring a PV system by providing reliable data is a valuable asset with respect to quality assurance. Solar cell and module manufacturers also use the SMS as a reference for life time performance testing on site. Whereas Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractor that build solar power plants use efficiency data provided by the SMS to check if existing and/or implemented solar power plants work according to the manufacturer specifications.
Frequently Asked Questions
For PV application, what will be the added value of using a shaded pyranometer in comparison to direct and global horizontal measurements? For direct solar radiation measurements ...
What are the characteristics of Pyranometers in ISO? Characteristics of pyranometers are stated under ISO9060 and categorized into three classifications: Secondary Standard, First ...
How often should a pyranometer dome be cleaned? Measuring solar radiation with pyranometers, soiling has a potential effect on the pyranometers output (irradiance). However due ...
What is the effect of soling versus the measured irradiance? Measuring solar radiation with pyranometers, pyrheliometers or spectroradiometer, soiling has will have an effect ...
How can STR- Sun Tracker track the Sun? From sun rise to sun set the compact EKO Sun-Trackers guarantee accurate sun tracking and pointing of the attached solar sensors. The ...
The sensitivity of the solar sensor will slightly deviate with time when it is exposed to solar radiation. Therefore it is advised to re-calibrate the sensor every two years. For calibration ...