A solar radiation sensor is a device that measures the amount of solar radiation, or sunlight, that is received by a certain area. It can be installed together with a general industrial weather station, which is a system that measures various meteorological parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation.
The solar radiation sensor measures the amount of sunlight that reaches the area and is typically made up of a sensor head and a data logger. Typical sensor types are a pyranometer or a pyrheliometer, both designed to measure the total amount of solar radiation received at a given point in time.
When it is installed together with a general industrial weather station, the solar radiation sensor provides additional information about the weather conditions at the site. This information can be used for a variety of applications such as agriculture, energy management, and even in construction industry for building or bridge monitoring.
In addition, these measurements can be used to predict and optimize energy production from solar panels and to predict the power output of a solar power station.