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Where to place DustIQ in a PV plant

[fa icon="calendar'] 12-feb-2018 16:47:41 / by Xander van Mechelen posted in Soiling, DustIQ

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Measuring dust and soiling ratio is a new field of science. There are many opinions about it, but there is no large history of data and experience in measurements. Although the spot measurement of DustIQ is very precise, it is wise to do interpretation and use common sense when extrapolating the measurement value to the whole PV plant, or a part of it, for decision making. The DustIQ measurement value is true, but the question is whether this value is representative for the whole PV park.

 

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Solarplaza’s Whitepaper on Soiling

[fa icon="calendar'] 8-feb-2018 9:47:00 / by Marc Korevaar posted in Soiling, DustIQ

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When I was in the middle of preparations for field tests of DustIQ, Solarplaza published the whitepaper ‘Soiling - origins, measurements, analysis & solutions’. A subject that is the focus of a large team of Kipp & Zonen colleagues at the moment, soiling. It’s nice to see that we are not the only ones researching this matter!

 

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6 myths about satellite and pyranometer irradiance measurements for solar plants

[fa icon="calendar'] 6-feb-2018 8:30:00 / by Jan-Willem Sips posted in pyranometer, satellite

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When I was doing research on satellite derived irradiance data I spoke to more than just my colleagues at Kipp & Zonen and providers of satellite data; I also contacted other stakeholders in the solar energy industry. And that is when I came across different myths that were going around in the industry. Here’s my list of the top myths on the subject of satellite and pyranometer measurements that I would like to dispel.

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An insight into the uncertainties of pyranometer measurements

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-jan-2018 14:05:00 / by Michael van Alebeek posted in pyranometer, accuracy, uncertainty

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People frequently ask us questions related to the uncertainties of pyranometer measurements. As the sales & service engineer at the head office I have answered these questions coming from all over the world, especially from customers in renewable energy. I have summed it up in a short overview.

 

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RT1 launches in India

[fa icon="calendar'] 10-jan-2018 4:03:00 / by Perumal Pillai posted in Intersolar, rt1, rooftop pv, Solar monitoring

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In continuation of the launch of our unique RT1 Smart Rooftop Monitoring System at Intersolar Europe in Munich early 2017, we took the opportunity to exhibit and promote it at Intersolar India in December 2017.

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Solar Energy in India and the Importance of Pyranometer Calibration

[fa icon="calendar'] 22-dec-2017 16:25:11 / by Danelle Fash posted in Calibration, maintenance

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The Future of Solar Power in India

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), an initiative of the Government of India and Indian State Governments, has targeted generating 100 GW of the country’s national power through solar sources by the year 2022.

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Irradiance measurements for PV plants: satellite or pyranometer?

[fa icon="calendar'] 8-dec-2017 14:44:11 / by Jan-Willem Sips posted in satellite, pyranometers, irradiance data

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That’s not a question: we need both! As a result of a fruitful co-operation, 3E and Kipp & Zonen present a joint white paper, indicating that satellite and pyranometer irradiance data can both co-exist and do even complement each other.

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Inside the Ruicheng PV Pioneer Project

[fa icon="calendar'] 27-nov-2017 15:05:51 / by Shiqi Ren posted in SOLYS, solar energy, Solar monitoring

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You may know that most of the PV panels in the world are manufactured in China. But something you may not know is that, according to official statistics, in 2016 China produced 57.7 GW of PV panels and the new generating capacity in China was 34.54 GW. The total capacity was 77.42 GW by the end of 2016. So you can imagine how fast the speed of development is, or you can call it explosive growth of PV power plants.

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DustIQ at the Solar Asset Management conference in Milan

[fa icon="calendar'] 22-nov-2017 10:57:00 / by Jan-Willem Sips posted in DustIQ, solar asset management

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Although the Milan airport Malpensa is not the nicest place to be, it is just an airport and 50km (!) from Milan city centre, it was exciting last week; being the venue of the Solar Asset Management Europe conference. It was also a perfect platform to present our DustIQ Soiling Measurement System.

 

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The pressure has been on, but RT1 is ready to roll!

[fa icon="calendar'] 2-nov-2017 11:13:00 / by Donald van Velsen posted in rt1, rooftop pv, rooftop monitoring

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When we introduced the RT1 Rooftop Monitoring System at Intersolar in Munich we were aiming at commercial availability within 4 months and I’m happy to say we have succeeded! RT1 is now ready to order.

Customers in Asia and in Europe have purchased and received the very first RT1’s and are testing them. Soon we’ll be able to share with you their findings.

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