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MAR
13
2020

Trust + Smart

The future of EKO Pyranometers

Regardless of whether your PV solar plant is large or small, hi-tech or low, maximising your energy yield ultimately depends on creating ...

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MAR
05
2020

Responding to COVID-19

A statement from EKO Instruments President, Toshikazu Hasegawa


On the 26th of February, EKO Instruments Japan were due to begin exhibiting at Smart Energy Week 2020; ...

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FEB
13
2020

EKO Instruments Pledge to Cut Bad Plastics

PRESS RELEASE: 

2022 Challenge to phase out all single-use plastics

EKO Instruments Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) have issued a public pledge to phase out all possible single-use, ...

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FEB
10
2020

Kogakuin University Complete the World Solar Car Challenge 2019

Supported by EKO Instruments

EKO Instruments Co., Ltd. supported Kogakuin University at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 (BWSC 2019) in Australia, held from the 13th ...

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JAN
23
2020

Benefits of A Single Dome in A Secondary-Standard Pyranometer

 

It’s true that two of anything is almost always better than one. From double glazed windows, through 2-ply tissues, and ‘Buy One Get One Free’ special offers; ...

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JAN
10
2020

What is Bifacial PV?

Why is it Gaining Momentum?

Bifacial Photovoltaic (PV) modules have nothing to do with face creams, skincare, or tanning; and everything to do with the future of solar power generation.

‘Bifacial PV’ modules are a type of solar panel designed to receive solar irradiance front and rear, generating power on both sides and, in a nutshell, that allows for new possibilities in solar power; alternatives to the conventional south orientation and latitude-based tilt optimisation of traditional projects.

New possibilities mean greater flexibility, greater power generation potential, and a great deal more excitement.

Indeed, the 2 Vs. 1-way power generation potential of Bifacial PV modules is helping to drive growth in PV power generation projects, despite reduced government incentives globally, with the ‘International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics’ predicting that Bifacial PV modules will represent 35% of the PV module market share by 2028.

This all sounds great, and indeed, with Bifacial PV you would naturally expect increases in yield and performance, however, there are uncertainties as to how much actual yield can be expected at each location. Like traditional PV projects, modelled yields and returns are needed to determine project scope, design, and to help secure financing.

That being the case, researchers around the world are working to define just how much additional power these new modules will make at different sites, under different sky conditions, and in different string configurations.

Performance monitoring of PV sites has for years required continuous measurements of the solar broadband irradiance, with instruments deployed in Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) and Plane of Array (POA) irradiance orientations. Now the added parameter of upward or reflected irradiance (RI) must be monitored too.

Enter EKO Instruments!

EKO Albedometers like the MS-80 are capable of being mounted in a traditional albedo measurement configuration, one sensor measuring the downward irradiance and another measuring upward irradiance; both levelled horizontally with the surface. And EKO is unique in the PV industry for its complete product line of research-grade equipment.

With EKO, researchers can source the sensors they need to study the true performance of bifacial PV modules. Get in touch to find out more.

 


 

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JUN
17
2020

Intersolar EUROPE

Messe München exhibition center
Munich - Germany
17 - 19 June 2020
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JUN
11
2020

ASEAN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WEEK

BITEC
Bangkok - Thailand
11 - 13 June 2020
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APR
07
2020

Solar Asset Management - North America

Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA - United States
07 - 08 April 2020
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FEB
26
2020

PV & Wind Expo 2020

Tokyo Big Sight, South / West Exhibition Building
Tokyo - Japan
26 - 28 February 2020
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JAN
29
2020

Nanotech 2020

Tokyo Big Sight, West / South Halls & Conferences Tower
Tokyo - Japan
29 - 31 January 2020
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JAN
13
2020

World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

ADNEC
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
13 - 16 January 2020
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