UKAS & BSI
UKAS & BSI
Solar irradiance meters are designed specifically for technicians installing, maintaining, and measuring performance of solar panels or full photovoltaic systems. The instruments make real time measurements to determine the radiant flux (power) received by a surface per unit area, this is measured in watts per square meter as required by IEC 62446-1 standard. Most devices used in the PV installation market also measure temperature (via direct connection to the panel or an external probe), find direction with the use of a compass, and verify the degree of incline of a roof, panel, or other type of installation.
Calibrationhouse as part of the Seaward Group has over 10 years history in the design, manufacture, and calibration of solar irradiance meters as part of their use in the world leading Seaward PV150, PV200 and Solar Utility Pro PV installation kits. These kits are used to verify safety and monitor performance of photovoltaic arrays, the performance of a photovoltaic system is based on its IV (current/voltage) curve which needs a stable rating of around 700 watts per square meter for accurate reporting.
The Seaward Solar Survey 200R like any other manufacturer irradiance meter can drift over time, providing inaccurate measurements and consequently leading to bad IV curve reports. Calibrationhouse therefore recommends that irradiance meter calibration is done at least once every 12 months. Onsite calibration of these tools is not possible, so our solar irradiance meter calibration service is only available through our County Durham based laboratory.
We have a specialist solar simulator based in our laboratory, so high accuracy, rapid turnaround calibration is available on all makes and models of irradiance meter device. Please contact us to discuss your requirements in further detail.