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Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells
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(13-06-2015, 11:11)AllyCat Wrote:  I have assumed that this thread title refers to the latter, but maybe I'm wrong? However, if I'm correct, then an inverted input transimpedance configuration is not really appropriate. The reason is that ALL the photocurrent must flow from the output of the Op-Amp and we have the slightly "silly" situation that as the PV panel generates more current, the load on the power supply rail increases. As I mentioned in #2 of the Davis thread, I was rather concerned that too much current might flow from their photodiode (unless it has a strong optical filter) and overload the amplifier/feedback resistor.

That's probably all to say for now (in this thread); I look forward to seeing the results of your labours in due course.

Cheers, Alan.

Hi Alan

The work I'm doing, as you probably noticed is based on this article from Charles G. Wright.
As said previously the amplifier circuit is very simple, just a non-inverting amplifier. Below you can see the circuit. The shunt resistor (Rsh) for the PV cell, is not in the schematic, because I found that is better have it soldered directly on the PV cell output pads.

[Image: UV_SolRad_Sensor_v310.png]

The values for Rsh, R1 and R2 of course are dependent of the characteristics of PV cell. I have tested a lot of PV cells and found that the better results come from 1V to 2V PV cells, with a short circuit current from 100mA to 150mA.
The type of PV cell is also important, monocrystalline cells are better but some polycrystalline also produce good results.
The only difficulty with this, is the calibration. After spending a lot of time, comparing the results of several combinations of PV cells, Rsh, R1 and R2, I found some combinations that produce results very similar to the results obtained by a Davis solar radiation sensor. As I don't have a real pyranometer, I used this, maybe questionable method. Currently I'm able to build several units, and get almost the same results from all of them.
Certainly this will not be a precision instrument, but from what I see, it gives better results than the ones used in Fine Offset weather stations (which, if I'm not wrong is most like a lux meter).

Finally, Rsh, R1 and R2 shoul result in the maximum OP output voltage of 1.1V, for a solar radiation of 1400 W/m2.

Feel free to comment. I'm always open to improve the system, provided that it is possible to maintain compatibility with existing hardware.



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Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 07-09-2014, 11:34
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 07-09-2014, 11:37
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 07-09-2014, 11:38
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by fehmi - 04-02-2016, 21:21
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 05-02-2016, 02:46
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 07-09-2014, 11:40
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 07-09-2014, 11:41
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 07-09-2014, 11:46
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 08-09-2014, 20:30
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 09-09-2014, 11:24
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by water01 - 09-09-2014, 00:13
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 09-09-2014, 03:52
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 09-09-2014, 15:13
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by water01 - 09-09-2014, 20:17
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 09-09-2014, 22:03
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by water01 - 09-09-2014, 23:15
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 10-09-2014, 00:45
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 12-01-2015, 13:50
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 14-01-2015, 20:15
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Brett - 13-01-2015, 12:09
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 13-01-2015, 12:42
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Brett - 24-01-2015, 23:09
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 24-01-2015, 23:26
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Brett - 25-01-2015, 08:51
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 25-01-2015, 19:42
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by tyntop - 02-02-2015, 23:52
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 03-02-2015, 03:27
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 01-04-2015, 17:06
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by hvalentim - 29-05-2015, 10:52
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 29-05-2015, 18:40
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by hvalentim - 02-06-2015, 11:22
ideas to improve the measuring of solar radiation - by hvalentim - 03-06-2015, 11:01
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 03-06-2015, 11:50
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by hvalentim - 03-06-2015, 13:05
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by seth22 - 11-06-2015, 04:05
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 11-06-2015, 18:05
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by JT118 - 11-06-2015, 20:17
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 12-06-2015, 00:44
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 12-06-2015, 06:03
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 12-06-2015, 13:34
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by hvalentim - 12-06-2015, 17:43
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 13-06-2015, 00:16
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by hvalentim - 16-06-2015, 11:08
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 13-06-2015, 01:02
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by JT118 - 13-06-2015, 00:49
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 13-06-2015, 00:56
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 13-06-2015, 11:11
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 14-06-2015, 02:41
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 16-06-2015, 23:53
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 13-06-2015, 14:19
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 16-06-2015, 15:05
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by hvalentim - 16-06-2015, 16:26
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 16-06-2015, 17:26
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by Werk_AG - 17-06-2015, 02:52
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by JT118 - 30-06-2015, 18:16
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by JT118 - 12-07-2015, 11:30
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 12-07-2015, 15:19
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 18-07-2015, 15:32
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by seth22 - 18-07-2015, 15:40
RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 18-07-2015, 15:59
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by AllyCat - 19-07-2015, 17:57
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RE: Measuring Solar Radiation based on Photovoltaic Cells - by uncle_bob - 12-08-2015, 14:45
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