Compact weather station designed for PV efficiency monitoring

July 31, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Weather station designed for PV efficiency monitoring
Meteorological equipment manufacturer RainWise (Trenton, ME) has unveiled what it says is the world's first compact weather station specifically designed for measuring solar efficiency.

The PVMet 500 is offered as the industry's first compact and modular professional-grade Modbus RTU weather station. In addition to advanced weather measurement options, it features technology specifically designed for photovoltaic (PV) efficiency monitoring.

"This level of precision, and versatility especially around irradiance sensors options was previously unheard of in the PV monitoring market," says Carsten Steenberg, CEO of Rainwise, Inc. "The PVMet 500 is true to its name in that it was specifically designed for commercial and utility-grade PV efficiency monitoring. Having reliable PV data available in an instant with a weather station that has a fast and easy installation is an incredible step forward in weather technology."

The PVMet 500's base model sensors can measure basic weather data, ambient temperature, relative humidity, and barometric pressure. Additional sensor options are available to measure wind speed, wind direction, and rainfall.

The weather station also supports up to three irradiance sensors in any combination of thermopile (all standards and classes) and silicon diode technologies, configured to monitor global, plane of array albedo (bifacial PV), and diffused solar parameters. In addition, it can monitor the PV panel temperature via three individual sensors in thermal blocks.

"The increasing demand for accurate monitoring in the growing utility and commercial grade PV projects makes the PVMet 500 a valuable choice for both segments," says Steenberg. "We are able to keep up with these demands because RainWise is committed to high accuracy technology and the data being collected. Even with the increasing demand we are seeing from engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) and Commercial Solar Financing companies, this technology is giving access to better data and the opportunity for more precise monitoring information than ever before."

The PVMet 500 will be on display with RainWise at the end of August in Sao Paulo, Brazil at Intersolar South America .

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