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.
Customers surprised and delighted by the innovation
For Kipp & Zonen, this year was very special. Well known for radiation sensors, we surprised our customers by launching a completely new product, DustIQ, to accurately measure soiling on PV panels. The reactions were overwhelming. The word “super” was mentioned frequently, and some visitors simply stood there with their thumbs up to show their surprise and appreciation for the simplicity of the idea behind this missing device in the quite mature solar energy market.
The reactions varied from “this is exactly what the industry needs and I’ve been looking for”, to “I am so glad that Kipp & Zonen of all companies has made this new sensor”.
Insights we picked up from our visitors at Intersolar
DustIQ was warmly welcomed, not only by our loyal customers but also by many new people who did not know Kipp & Zonen (since 1830!). They came especially to the booth to see this innovation and enlightened us by insights they shared into the application possibilities.
It turned out that many solar plants suffer from irregular soiling, for example caused by following activities:
Also we learned that greenhouses can use the sensor for cleaning schedules of the glass for better crop growth. The CEO of NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions envisioned the DustIQ to be the trigger for their water-free automatic cleaning systems for PV modules. Meteocontrol showed the DustIQ on their booth, and also 3E and Gantner Instruments prepared for the product co-introduction to their customers.
The presentation by Joop Mes, R&D manager of Kipp & Zonen, at the ees conference one day in advance of the official launch, also helped a lot and attracted a significant amount of interest to the booth.
You can download the slides of Joop’s presentation here. Don’t forget to subscribe to the news feed on DustIQ so you don’t miss the latest updates.
Fun testing DustIQ with soiling samples
Introducing the instrument was great fun as well; there were 3D printed bird droppings and coloured dust samples in different soiling levels. One could test and play around with these things and read out the result immediately from the instrument. This interaction was the basis for a good understanding by visitors, laughter and new insights to all.
A new product for rooftop PV
The other new product from Kipp & Zonen, the RT1 rooftop duo-sensor, also got a lot of attention. This is specially designed to measure both irradiance and back panel temperature for system performance monitoring at low cost.
It was a very successful Intersolar and the warm and pleasant nights in downtown Munich were a bonus!