A pyranometer is an essential instrument used in solar plants to measure solar radiation levels. It specifically measures the global horizontal irradiance (GHI), which represents the total solar radiation received on a horizontal surface.
The pyranometer helps solar plant operators understand the available solar energy resources at a particular location. By accurately measuring GHI, pyranometers provide valuable data for assessing the performance and efficiency of solar panels or photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Pyranometers typically consist of a sensor that detects solar radiation, a protective dome to shield the sensor, and a data logger to record and analyze the measured irradiance values. The collected data from pyranometers assists in monitoring the performance of solar plants, conducting energy yield assessments, and supporting decision-making processes for solar energy projects.
Pyranometers play a crucial role in the operation, monitoring, and optimization of solar plants by providing accurate measurements of solar radiation, which is essential for efficient energy generation and management.