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.
Today, we are proud to release the summary report for the performance validation testing carried out at NREL on the SolarSIM-G in Sept-Oct 2017. As the report shows, the two SolarSIM-G reference units performed superbly for measurement of both broadband and spectral GHI under all weather conditions. The release of the report caps a two year development process for the SolarSIM-G and highlights Spectrafy’s ongoing commitment to develop the most innovative and accurate solar sensors on the market. A copy of the report can be view here.
In September, Spectrafy personnel headed over to NREL’s Solar Radiation Research Laboratory in Golden Colorado to take part in the 2017 National Pyrheliometer Intercomparison (NPC). The NPC is an annual event, where the SRRL invites companies, researchers and government departments to bring their direct irradiance reference devices (Absolute Cavity Radiometers, pyrheliometers, SolarSIMs) for the purpose of calibrating them against the World Radiometric Reference.
With our participation at the NPC, the SolarSIM-D2 reference units continue to build a strong history of global intercomparison and calibration, following our participation in the 12th International Pyrheliometer Intercomparison in 2015 (Davos), and the 7th International Broadband and Spectral Intercomparison in 2017 (Sicily). This ongoing commitment to intercomparison ensures the sensors that we deliver to our customers are calibrated and traceable to the highest level.
While we were at NREL, we also took the opportunity to conduct some calibration and performance testing of our SolarSIM-G reference units, against NREL’s reference spectroradiometers, pyranometers, PAR sensors and UV sensors. The results look great and will be the subject of a future post!
Photos from the 2017 NPC, including shots of the SolarSIM-D2 and SolarSIM-G can be found at: www.flicker.com/photos/srrl/sets/72157687041235443/
Earlier this month, we participated in the 7th International Broadband and Spectral Intercomparison (ISRC), held at ENEL’s facility in Catania, Italy. Organised by the European Joint Research Council (JRC), the goal of the ISRC is to disseminate best practices in the measurement and calibration for solar spectral and broadband irradiance. Our CTO Viktar Tatsiankou drew the ‘short-straw’ of spending a week in June under the Sicilian sun and was particularly excited because the 7th ISRC represented the first intercomparison we have undertaken with the SolarSIM-G. We took two SolarSIM-D2 reference units and one SolarSIM-G to Sicily. One of our European customers was also present with their SolarSIM-D2. Both the SolarSIM-D2s and the SolarSIM-G performed superbly and a summary of the results can be viewed here. Also, check out the Euronews segment on the ISRC. Viktar can be seen working hard at 1:35.
The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in the US has been vetting the performance of the SolarSIM-D2+ since mid 2015 and has now permanently installed the SolarSIM-D2+ as part of the NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory.
This means that anybody can now go the SRRL webpage and check out the real-time solar spectra in Golden, Colorado, as resolved by the SolarSIM-D2+. You can also compare the SolarSIM data with measurements from NREL’s various spectroradiometers and download historical SolarSIM data for further analysis.
The Spectrafy team is thrilled that the SolarSIM-D2+ is now part of the NREL SRRL and we will provide updates as the SRRL team adds the SolarSIM-D2+’s other measurement capabilities onto its website.
Spectrafy, in conjunction with parent company COFOVO Energy, has been awarded a contract by the Canadian Government to install a network of fourteen SolarSIMs throughout the country. When complete, the CanSIM network will consist of seven stations, each containing a SolarSIM-D2 and our new SolarSIM-G. Data generated by the measurement stations will be wirelessly transmitted to Spectrafy’s central database and used by Canadian researchers to more accurately assess the performance of solar technologies in Canada’s varied climates.
Over the next twelve months, Spectrafy looks forward to working closely with a number of government partners, including Public Works and Government Services Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Polar Knowledge Canada to build out and operate the CanSIM network. The seven CanSIM stations will be located in Ottawa, Varennes, Egbert, Devon, Charlottetown, Saturna Island and Cambridge Bay.
Spectrafy is pleased to announce that as of August 1st, we have moved to our new head-quarters in central Ottawa.
Our new address is:
4 Florence St, Suite 204
Ottawa, ON K2P 0W7
Our updated contact details can be found at the bottom of our About page.