WE300 Solar Radiation Sensor / Pyranometer

Price$1,343.00 (US Only)


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Global Water's Solar Radiation sensors use a high stability silicon photovoltaic (PV) detector (blue enhanced) to obtain accurate readings. The solar radiation sensors are attached to a marine grade cable, with lengths up to 500 ft available upon request. The sensor's output is 4-20 mA with a two wire configuration.

  • Overview


    • 4-20 mA output
    • Marine grade cable with strain relief
    • Mounting plate included

    Global Water's PC320 Solar Radiation Sensor Controller uses the solar radiation sensor's output to trigger alarms. In addition, Global Water offers the GL500 Solar Radiation Data Logger, which adds recording capabilities to the solar radiation sensors. The GL500 Solar Radiation Data Logger connects to the sensor’s 4-20mA output to record data.

    Why Measure Solar Radiation?

    Atmospheric circulation is driven by solar radiation. Determining the solar radiation and its interaction with the atmosphere and the Earth's surface is important, since solar radiation accounts for almost all of the energy available to the Earth. There are two ways solar radiation reaches the Earth's surface. The first is direct solar radiation where the solar radiation is directly transmitted through the atmosphere. The second is diffuse solar radiation where the incoming solar radiation is scattered or reflected to the Earth's surface.

    Almost 50% of shortwave solar radiation is absorbed by the Earth's surface and changed into thermal infrared radiation. Direct solar radiation is measured by using solar radiation sensors or pyranometers. This type of solar radiation sensors has a transparent hemisphere which measures the total amount of shortwave solar radiation. Solar radiation sensors or pyranometers measure the total radiation or sum of the direct radiation and the diffuse solar radiation.

    Note : Sensor/mounting plate attaches to a vertical 1 inch tube (not included).

  • Specifications
    Detector High-stability silicon photovoltaic detector (blue enhanced).

    4-20 mA

    Range 0 to 1500W/ m2

    1% of full scale

    Operating Voltage 10-36 VDC

    Spectral Response

    400 to 1100 nm

    Current Draw

    Same as sensor output

    Warm-Up Time 3 seconds minimum
    Operating Temperature

    -40 ° to +131 °F (-40 ° to +55 °C)

    Weight 1/4 lb. (114 g)
    Sensor Size

    3inch diameter x 1-1/2 inch (7.6 cm dia. x 3.8 cm long) 

  • Accessories

    WQEXC Cable, Non-Vented

    Non-vented Cable

    WE300 Weather Station Hardware

    Weather Station Hardware

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