Live solar data from the DHBW Ravensburg

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Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 At the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Ravensburg in Germany the Engineering faculty is working on research to develop a solar filling station for bicycles and electric cars. To capture the solar radiation and to estimate the availability at the solar filling station DHBW Ravensburg deployed a CMP 21 pyranometer from Kipp & Zonen.

The live "globalstrahlung" data of the CMP 21 pyranometer can be retrieved on the web page of DK0TE at

DK0TE is the amateur radio club station of the university and is part of the Telecommunication Engineering Laboratory. It facilitates experiments with transmitters, receivers and antennas. At an experiment with ground plane antennas some years ago, the (electric) property of the surface of the earth was of interest and the original weather station was installed. The weather station improved gradually over the years and since the infrastructure of weather recording was available to the Engineering Faculty a CMP 21 pyranometer was simply integrated to also measure solar radiation for the filling station project.

The university provides courses and studies of electrical engineering and recently developed an electric car. “We chose Kipp & Zonen for its uniqueness and reputation. Up to now we have never needed support and it works just perfectly.”

The CMP 21 pyranometer is fitted on a CMF 2 mounting plate, available as an accessory for a range of Kipp & Zonen's solar instruments.

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