The Lufft sensor family is growing with the addition of the WS510 weather station with secondary standard pyranometer.

The Lufft sensor family is growing with the addition of the WS510 weather station with secondary standard pyranometer. This measurement meets WMO levels of accuracy for solar radiation. The sensor now meets the needs for solar radiation measurement when secondary standard measurements are required. Weather sensing with solar radiation can now be met by a single all in one weather station by Lufft.

Studies have shown that meteorological parameters such as solar radiation, air temperature, wind and rainfall influence on the yield and efficiency of the PV modules (Performance Ratio). To monitor this, Lufft now offers the WS510-UMB as the perfect sensor for photovoltaic monitoring. This sensor meets the high demands of the world meteorological organization (WMO) through the active ventilation of air temperature measurement and the no moving parts, maintenance-free measurement of wind speed and wind direction on the ultrasonic principle. Equipped with a Kipp & Zonen secondary standard pyranometer, the WS510-UMB compact weather sensor from Lufft unites the precision of a variety of meteorological individual sensors in a single all-in-one device, for the first time. Communication and power comes from a single cable, this means simplified installation and maintenance, as well reduced costs are achieved. All measured values are communicated via a single digital interface with adjustable communication parameters. Modbus-RTU, ASCII or SDI-12 and other protocols come standard with the sensor and are compatible to any mainstream data logger or SCADA system currently in the market. The single connection cable can connect external sensors like the WT1 back panel temperature sensors or a WTB100 precipitation sensor. The embedded sensor technology has been proven, with the predecessors of the WS510-UMB. Many large projects have already been implemented worldwide. For example, in Southern California's Imperial Valley, compact weather sensors like the WS500-UMB, WS601-UMB, or WS503-UMB with the WT1 back panel temperature sensors are used to monitor the operations various PV systems.

In the monitoring of large photovoltaic (Utility Scale), in assessing potential sites (Solar-assessment), or in up and coming electricity cost saving initiatives projects (Commercial & Industrial), the WS510 now provides the market a secondary standard pyranometer, ultrasonic wind speed, ultrasonic wind direction, temperature, pressure and humidity all in a single unit. By having a single unit the implementation has been made even easier for the monitoring solar systems. Visit us at where the entire product portfolio, including the new WS510 and WS700, as well as our contact information can be found. Lufft's product lines of smart weather sensors are proving to the market that a simple solution is a smarter solution, one sensor at a time.

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