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The Impact of Dew, Frost, and Soiling on Solar Radiation Monitoring – and Ways to Mitigate it

Webinar Date
  • Thu September 29, 2022
    3:00 PM 1 hour

Join this new webinar titled, The Impact of Dew, Frost, and Soiling on Solar Radiation Monitoring – and Ways to Mitigate it. 

About this webinar

Dew, frost, and soiling on the optical dome all have a significant impact on the measurement quality of solar radiation monitoring instruments (errors can reach up to 30-40%).

Luckily, there are ways to deal with this: ventilation and heating.

To mitigate false readings, OTT HydroMet offers an external ventilation and heating unit for its pyranometers, pyrgeometers, and UV radiometers; the Kipp & Zonen CVF4.

By attending this webinar, you will learn:

  • The latest addition to the Kipp & Zonen portfolio, the SMP12 Fast Response Spectrally Flat Class A pyranometer, features integrated dome heating with neither moving parts nor the need for external devices.
  • Get an overview and detailed explanation of solar radiation instrumentation classes according to the ISO 9060:2018 international standard.
  • Discover the comprehensive suite of meteorological monitoring solutions offered by OTT HydroMet across an unmatched range of applications, built on proven instrumentation from its respected global brands; Kipp & Zonen, Lufft, OTT, and more.

About the webinar speakers: 

Based in England, Clive has for many years travelled widely providing workshops, seminars and training programmes to distributors and customers around the world on the subjects of solar radiation, atmospheric monitoring and Kipp & Zonen instrumentation. He is also involved with customer support, new product introductions, marketing material and the company website. 

After completing a degree in Geophysics, Clive worked from 1977 to 1982 in the R&D department of The Analytical Development Company (ADC), England. This covered all aspects of the design, development and production of non-dispersive infrared and ultraviolet optical gas analysers for the process control markets. He designed the company’s first low-cost, portable, gas analyser. 

In 1980 he moved to Sieger Ltd., England (now Honeywell Analytics) the leading manufacturer of flammable and toxic gas detection systems for Health and Safety markets worldwide. These use a range of electrical, chemical and optical measurement techniques; primarily for the petro-chemical industry. From Production Engineering he shortly moved to R&D in charge of a new range of analysis systems for the emerging urban pollution and process ‘stack’ gas monitoring markets. 

1984 saw the world’s first safety-certified, compact, infrared ‘point’ gas monitor, followed by the first ‘no moving parts’ long-range open-path infrared gas monitor. Subsequently, he became the co-designer and joint patent holder for a unique and innovative low-cost, 'no moving parts’ infrared point gas detector. Clive was also involved in producing manuals, overseeing product trials and certifications, training customers and service personnel and introducing new products to the market and distributors. 

In 1992 Clive was invited to join the newly formed Environmental Systems division of Siemens in the UK as the Senior Technical Specialist for the Air Quality Monitoring division, carrying on with market, distributor and customer support activities. He was also responsible for identifying new opportunities in air, water and soil quality for instruments to be based upon spectroscopic measurement techniques. One result was a unique ultraviolet open-path toxic gas monitor. 

Clive managed a joint project between Siemens, Shell Research, British Gas and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) of London to develop and build a mobile, self-contained Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) system. During this period Clive undertook an MBA, sponsored by Siemens. This £1.5 million containerised facility for remote ‘fugitive’ gas monitoring was successfully completed in 1995 and Clive then left Siemens to become an independent consultant in the fields of air quality monitoring and optical remote sensing techniques. 

One of his consulting customers was Kipp & Zonen of Delft, The Netherlands and Clive subsequently joined the company full-time in 1997, becoming the Business Manager for Meteorology and Climatology and then the Technical Sales & Services Manager. 25 years later Clive is again a consultant to Kipp & Zonen, which is now a key member of the OTT HydroMet Group.

Victor was Lead Meteorologist/Climatologist at Brookhaven National Lab (1990 – 2008) before joining Kipp & Zonen in 2008 and has since worked in R&D, Sales and Marketing. 

Victor has a BS in Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York at Albany, (1990) and a Master's in Business Administration & Marketing (2008).

In 2019, Kipp & Zonen joined OTT HydroMet where Victor continued working in the Meteorology sector by adding the Lufft, OTT, ADCON and Sutron Meteorology sensors.

Who should attend this event?

If you are a Geophysicist, Oceanographer, Climatologist or Meteorologist then this webinar is for you. Book your place below. 

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