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EKO MS-80 Pyranometer

Capture class A solar irradiance data with this fast-response and spectrally-flat sensor.

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The MS-80 Pyranometer is a unique pyranometer compliant to the "Fast response" and "Spectrally flat" sub-categories under ISO 9060:2018 Class A. Its innovative design consists of a small, single-dome / quartz diffuser construction that boasts remarkably low zero-offset behavior at an economical price. The MS-80 can be integrated with a heater and ventilator for use in regions impacted by dew, frost, snow, and dust.

The MS-80 is also available as a digital sensor (the “MS-80S”), which has Modbus RTU as well as analog output (4-20 mA and 0-1 V) options. The MS-80S includes onboard diagnostic measurements such as body temperature, pitch, and roll to further ensure optimal performance in a variety of environmental conditions. Both the MS-80 and MS-80S are fully supported throughout NRG’s solar product offerings, including seamless integration with the SymphoniePRO Data Logger as well as mounting support for SRA & SRM Systems as well as industry-standard PV array designs.

Each MS-80 Pyranometer comes with an ISO 17025 certified calibration report, including directional and temperature response characterization and validation.

  EKO MS-80 Pyranometer (#14709)
Description  
Sensor type Thermopile solar radiation sensor; ISO 9060:2018 ‘Class A’ (Secondary Standard) compliant
Applications
  • Solar resource assessment and monitoring
  • Meteorological studies
  • Environmental monitoring
Sensor range 0 W/m2 to 4000 W/m2
Spectral range 285 nm to 3000 nm
Instrument compatibility All NRG Symphonie series loggers
Signal conditioning module
  • P-SCM (#9128) for SymphoniePRO
  • Thermopile SCM (#6646) for earlier models (logger measurement range 0 W/m2 to 1500W/m2)
Certifications
  • Class A classification per ISO 9060:2018
    • Sub-category "Spectrally flat": Compliant
    • Sub-category "Fast response": Compliant
  • Class A compliant per IEC 61724-1:2017
Output signal  
Signal type Analog (mV) proportional to total solar radiation
Sensitivity Approx. 10 μV/W/m2
Linearity +/- 0.2% @ 1,000 W/m2
Stability Change/5 yrs: +/- 0.5%
Response time < 0.5 sec (95%)
Transfer function Included on calibration certificate; for use with NRG Symphonie see application note "Using Thermopile Pyranometers on Symphonie Loggers"
Accuracy Class A (Secondary Standard) per ISO 9060:2018
Calibration Calibration sheet included with each sensor defines output in μV/W/m2; traceable to World Radiometric Reference (WRR)
Output signal range -0.1 mV to + 50 mV
Drift Less than 0.5% per year
Performance characteristics  
Cosine correction Directional response: +/- 10 W/m2 @ 1,000 W/m2
Tilt +/- 0.2% @ 1000 W/m2
Power requirements  
Power Required Zero (passive sensor)
Installation  
Mounting
  • Mounts to plate (sold separately) via two included M5 x 75 mm mounting bolts and nuts spaced 65 mm apart
  • NRG recommends alternative mounting and leveling for certain configurations (sold separately - see accessories)
Tools required
  • 4 mm Hex Key
  • 5/16 inch (8 mm) wrench or nut driver
Accessories
  • For GHI on NRG towers, use: 14357 Mounting Plate | Pyranometer, Gen II
  • For POA or albedo configurations, use: 14964 Mounting Plate | Pyranometer, EKO
    Note: Mounting plate selection dependent on several factors. Contact NRG for assistance.
Environmental  
Operating temperature range -40 °C to 80 °C (-40 °F to 176 °F)
Temperature dependence
  • +/- 1% (-10 °C to 40 °C)
  • +/- 1% (-20 °C to 50 °C)
Operating humidity range 0 to 100%
Physical  
Connections
  • Connects to sensor cable via Binder style five pole M12 connector
  • Sensor cable's bare wire leads connect directly to logger
    Note: See logger user's manual for wiring instructions
Cable length Default options: 5 m, 10 m, 20 m, 30 m, 50 m (sold separately)
Weight 0.35 kg (0.77 lbs)
Dimensions 96 mm diameter X 101 mm height (3.78 inches diameter X 3.98 inches height)
Materials  
Cable Removable signal cable with molded Binder style four pole M12 connector (4-conductor cable with shield; various lengths available; sold separately)
Detector Thermopile
Enclosure IP67 weatherproof anodized aluminum enclosure and stainless steel hardware
Heater Optional heat & ventilation unit: MV-01