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.
Spectrafy has been selected as one of five uOttawa start-ups to travel to Silicon Valley for a week-long learning and business development experience. From 15th – 21st May we will be based in San Fransisco where we will meet with leading entrepreneurs, incubators and investors. Don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to schedule a meeting during that period.
Click here to view the uOttawa press release on the award.
Spectrafy is proud to announce the launch of our new website! While you are here, feel free to check out our Products and About page to learn more about what we do and who we are.
Spectrafy recently joined over 100 participants at the 12th International Pyrheliometer Comparison, the 4th International Filter Radiometer Comparison, held at the World Radiation Centre in Davos, Switzerland. Spectrafy tested five SolarSIM devices, including the latest iteration of the SolarSIM-D2 against international reference spectroradiometers, pyrheliometers, sun photometers and ozone spectrophotometers. The tests re-affirmed the SolarSIM-D2’s accuracy in resolving the direct solar spectrum and direct normal irradiance, while also proving the devices ability to accurately resolve aerosol optical depth and atmospheric ozone.
To see a picture of our test set-up at Davos, visit our careers page. For more detail regarding the test results, visit the download section on the SolarSIM-D2 webpage.
Spectrafy’s CTO, Viktar Tatsiankou, recently presented a paper at the IEEE’s 42nd PVSC conference in New Orleans. Viktar’s presentation, entitled ‘A novel instrument for cost-effective and reliable measurements of solar spectral irradiance‘ detailed the results of our validation testing of the SolarSIM at NREL, as well as our latest long term reliability data. In recognition of the ground breaking nature of the SolarSIM technology, Viktar was awarded the PVSC Best Student Presentation Award.
Spectrafy’s CTO, Viktar Tatsiankou recently presented our latest updates on the SolarSIM-D2 at the CPV-11 conference in Aix-les-Bains, France.
Viktar’s presentation, entitled ‘Next Generation Solar Spectral Irradiance Meter with Enhanced Reliability‘ revealed the latest iteration of the SolarSIM design and our latest performance and reliability data.
Spectrafy has launched its first product based on the SolarSIM technology – the SolarSIM-D2.
The SolarSIM-D2 uses rugged, simple hardware and break-through software to slash the cost of measuring the direct solar spectrum, in addition to atmospheric aerosols, ozone and water vapour. The D2 effectively does the job of a direct spectroradiometer, a pyrheliometer, a sun photometer and an ozone spectrophotometer, all at a fraction of the cost.
Spectrafy recently travelled to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Boulder Colorado to undertake validation testing of two SolarSIM prototypes with world-renowned solar expert Keith Emery. The testing was a huge success, showing that the SolarSIMs were capable of accurately resolving the direct solar spectrum and the direct normal irradiance under a range of sky conditions. For a more detailed look at the test results, visit the downloads section on the SolarSIM-D2 web page.