Characterization of a Low-Cost Multi-Parameter Sensor for Resource Applications: Preprint

Aron Habte, Manajit Sengupta, Afshin Andreas, Taylor Thomas, Adam Wolf, Christian Gueymard, Ranganath Narasappa

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Low-cost multi-parameter sensing and measurement devices enable cost-effective monitoring of the functional, operational reliability, efficiency, and resiliency of the electrical grid. The National Renewable Research Laboratory (NREL) Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL), in collaboration with Arable Labs Inc., deployed Arable Lab's Mark multi-parameter sensor system. The unique suite of system sensors measures the down-welling and upwelling shortwave solar resource and longwave radiation, humidity, air temperature, and ground temperature. This study describes the shortwave calibration, characteriza-tion, and validation of measurement accuracy of this instrument by comparison with existing instruments that are part of NREL-SRRL's Baseline Measurement System.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2018
Event2018 World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-7) - Waikoloa, Hawaii
Duration: 10 Jun 201815 Jun 2018


Conference2018 World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (WCPEC-7)
CityWaikoloa, Hawaii

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-73701 for paper as published in IEEE proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-71585


  • characterization
  • low-cost multiparameter sensor
  • Solar Radiation Research Laboratory
  • solar resource
  • SRRL


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