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Irradiance measurements for your solar plant’s performance ratio

[fa icon="calendar'] 22-jun-2017 15:59:59 / by Jan-Willem Sips posted in performance ratio

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Irradiance measurements to calculate the Performance Ratio (PR) for solar parks sometimes cause controversy: A few years ago, I visited an O&M conference, where cheating with irradiance measurements was openly discussed on the podium. There were about 200 attendees in the room; And after a presentation on irradiance measurement at a solar conference, our R&D manager was asked whether Kipp & Zonen could make instruments that were less (!) accurate.

This shows that irradiance measurements can cause headaches; but they are absolutely necessary for calculating the Performance Ratio. Besides the output generated relative to the solar irradiance received on the panels, PR is the figure looked at by most players involved in the PV power plant business.

Find out more in our whitepaper: 6 key influences that determine PV performance ratios.

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How the visitors of Intersolar responded to the new DustIQ

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-jun-2017 11:03:00 / by Kelly Dalu-Karlas posted in Intersolar, DustIQ

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I’m still excited about the launch of DustIQ at Intersolar Europe. The response we received was overwhelming. Not only that the amount of visitors was higher than expected, but the feedback on DustIQ was incredible and the whole team left Intersolar proud and full of adrenaline. I would like to share some of the responses with you.

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Puzzled by PV Performance Ratios?

[fa icon="calendar'] 15-jun-2017 11:36:43 / by Jan-Willem Sips posted in pv, performance ratio, pv performance

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In most PV plant monitoring software you can choose the definition of the Performance Ratio (PR). So, a specific PV plant can have different Performance Ratios at the same time? Yes, and no…

Puzzled? Is Performance Ratio misleading? You don’t have to be puzzled, and no, Performance Ratio is not about misleading, it is about facts! Read our whitepaper – 6 key influences that determine PV performance ratios – to get a better understanding.

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Intersolar Kickstarts Kipp & Zonen’s New Products: DustIQ and RT1

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-jun-2017 17:04:00 / by Xander van Mechelen posted in Intersolar, DustIQ, rt1

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Two weeks ago already, Intersolar’s 2017 show was over. It was a good exhibition. Lots of innovations could be found and, as always, Intersolar Europe is a very efficient place for networking and relationship management. Our new innovation DustIQ proved to be very welcome to the solar industry.

It was a pleasure to meet people from all over the world at the booth and I value all the feedback that we received. Let me share some of the insights I have obtained for DustIQ and RT1.

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Intersolar, now that the dust has settled

[fa icon="calendar'] 9-jun-2017 15:31:00 / by Donald van Velsen posted in DustIQ, rt1

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What a success it was, the introduction of the brand new DustIQ soiling monitor. The news about a compelling change in measuring PV panel soiling levels spread like wildfire. At the Kipp & Zonen booth hundreds of people showed up with just one goal: “Show and explain to me the DustIQ”, sometimes followed by “Can I buy one now?”.

If you have missed it, please go to www.kippzonen.com/DustIQ for the latest information.

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Our launch partners are ready and prepared for DustIQ

[fa icon="calendar'] 30-mei-2017 11:15:00 / by Jan-Willem Sips posted in Intersolar, DustIQ

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What is DustIQ, and why do you need to find out all about it at Intersolar in Munich?

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Key success factors for innovators in the emerging solar energy market

[fa icon="calendar'] 26-mei-2017 8:05:00 / by Erik Valks posted in Intersolar, DustIQ

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Even though technologies for solar energy have been around for decades, the market has really taken off in the last 10 years. With a rapidly increasing economic opportunity, many players started to bring their added value to the table. A table with global interests, resulting in probably unprecedented speed of technology development. When strategically aspiring to be a true product leader, several key success factors need to be managed to keep a forefront position.

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Product Manager recharging for the launch of two new innovations at Intersolar

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-mei-2017 11:06:00 / by Donald van Velsen posted in Intersolar, DustIQ, rt1

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Having worked hard on our new products for 6 months in a row it was time for a well-earned vacation and recharge for the introduction of DustIQ and RT1 at Intersolar Europe. The first is a real breakthrough in the technology to measure PV panel soiling and the second is a very practical sensor to monitor the efficiency of commercial PV rooftop installations.

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Inspiration and the Road to Innovation in PV Soiling Monitoring

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-mei-2017 15:15:00 / by Xander van Mechelen posted in Intersolar, pv, Soiling

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Since starting at Kipp & Zonen and my first encounter with solar energy in 2015 the industry has been booming. Although important strides have been made, the industry continues to struggle with some basics as it develops into maturity.Many practical issues such as “how should I wire my solar panels across the plant?”, “how many pyranometers do I need?” and “when should I clean my solar panels?” are still not well answered. For me, this last question particularly struck a spark of inspiration; there seemed to be room in the market for finding new and simple solutions.

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Sneak preview of our product launch at Intersolar 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] 26-apr-2017 17:15:00 / by Kelly Dalu-Karlas posted in Intersolar

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As you probably know, Intersolar 2017 takes place from 31 May to 2 June, at the Messe München Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. This annual event brings people and markets together under the guiding principle, "Connecting Solar Business". As the international platform for solar technology, it reflects the dynamic development along the entire value added chain in the areas of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology. It is the largest exhibition for solar energy in the world and the expected number of visitors for 2017 is over 40,000.

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