Spectrafy remains open for business, supporting our customers across Canada around the world. As Spectrafy qualifies as an essential business under the Government of Ontario’s guidelines, most components of our business remain active, with personnel working from home where possible.
The health and well-being of our suppliers, employees and customers are of foremost importance and we are taking all necessary precautions to help everyone remain safe.
Check out our article in North American Clean Energy’s March/April 2020 issue. In it, Spectrafy CEO, Richard Beal, details why spectral uncertainty is inherent to the PV industry and how modern spectral pyranometers are enabling PV plant owners to routinely eliminate this increasingly important blindspot.
At the recently held World Meteorological Technology Expo in Geneva ,Switzerland, it was announced that Spectrafy’s CTO, Viktar Tatsiankou had been awarded the Hydro Meteorological Equipment Industry Association’s 2019 Award for Young Engineers, for his pioneering work inventing the SolarSIM technology.
The HMEI Award honours young engineers, not exceeding the age of 35 at the time of nomination, for outstanding work that has been published either in a scientific journal, a significant technical report, a project report or as summary of a successfully defended PhD thesis or that has been granted a patent.
In September, Spectrafy’s CEO attended Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo – India’s largest solar power exhibition, where he took part in the expo’s CEO Conclave and met with some of India’s leading PV developers to dicsuss the latest in solar spectral measurement and analysis. Richard also took the opportunity to meet with Spectrafy’s local resellers, various universities and key national institutions, including the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), the Solar Energy Corporation of India and the National Institute of Wind Energy, which operates India’s Solar Radiation Resource Assessment Program. See below for a photo of the SolarSIM demonstration conducted at NISE, in Delhi.
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.
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.
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 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 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 see here.
Earlier this fall, Canada’s Natural Resources Ministry (NRCan) launched the world’s first real-time solar spectral network. Powered by Spectrafy’s innovative spectral sensors, and backed up by Hukseflux’s SR20 pyranometer, the network is designed to enable the most accurate analysis of the solar technologies of today, while also meeting the needs of tomorrow. See the full article here.