Spectrafy exhibits at WCPEC-7 conference in Hawaii

In June, Spectrafy had the pleasure of presenting and exhibiting at the 7th World Conference of Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-7), held at the Hilton Waikaloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Spectrafy was on hand to share the latest in solar spectral measurement with the global academic community, including our latest software with automated spectral correcton factors and the first public demonstration of our SolarSIM-E prototype. The SolarSIM-E consists of a SolarSIM-G coupled with an automated rotating shadowband. The SolarSIM-E enables accurate measurement of global and diffuse solar spectra, from which the direct solar spectra, and various atmospheric parameters are automatically calculated. A video of the SolarSIM-E in operation is shown below.

While there, we also took the opportunity to run a short measurement campaign. A summary of the results, which include the effects of volcanic smog from the Kilueaua eruption, can be found here.

Spectrafy’s poster presented at WCPEC-7, entitled: “Real-time, efficient data acquisition of global spectral irradiance” can be found here.

Spectrafy presents at PVPMC workshop

In May, Spectrafy personnel attended the 10th PV Performance Modeling Workshop in Albuquerque New Mexico and presented our lastest work on enabling the SolarSIMs to automatically calculate PV spectral correction factors (SCFs). SCFs convert complex spectral data sets into intuitive times series data that can then be used in conventional PV modeling software like any other prorate/derate. Our poster on the topic, entitled “Towards routine measurement and use of solar spectral irradiance data”can be found on the PVPMC website here.

New Spectrafy research published in Solar Energy

Spectrafy is proud to announce our recent publication in the Journal of Solar Energy. In collaboration with researchers at the World Radiation Centre (WRC) in Davos Switzerland and the University of Ottawa, the paper, entitled “Extensive validation of solar spectral irradiance meters at the World Radiation Centre” presents a comprehensive uncertainty analysis of the SolarSIM-D2 that further validates its ability to accurately resolve spectral and broadband DNI, atmospheric AOD and total column ozone and precipitable water vapour. The analysis is based on measurements carried out with four SolarSIM-D/D2 sensors at the WRC in 2015.

The paper can be accessed here.

Spectrafy Joins HMEI

Spectrafy is proud to have been accepted into the Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry (HMEI).
HMEI is the foremost organization representing the interests of developers, manufacturers and service providers within the hydro-meteorological industry.
The Spectrafy team looks forward to participating as a member of HMEI as we broaden our presence within the hydro-meteorological industry.

Spectrafy extends SolarSIM Research Grant Program

Spectrafy is glad to announce the extension of the SolarSIM Research Grant Program (SSRG) through until the end of 2018. Originally designed to wrap up in December 2017, the SSRG has been highly successful in enabling researchers all over the world to access and benefit from Spectrafy’s groundbreaking SolarSIM sensors.

Therefore, Spectrafy is delighted to extend the SSRG program, to further enable innovative research within the solar and meteorological communities. For further information of the SSRG Program contact us at info@spectrafy.com