|Some suppliers of instruments useful in measuring the performance of
solar and renewable energy projects.
Be sure to see the Measurements section as well.
|First, see this section on Measurements ...||The
Measurements section provides a lot of information on how to do good
measurements for not much money.
|Onset||Wide variety of data logging instruments. I use the U12 series loggers, and have had good service from them.|
|DATAQ||PC based data acquisition systems, including some nicely priced "starter" sets.|
|Labjack||Inexpensive PC based data loggers.|
|Data Logger Kit||Inexpensive data logger kit|
|Quasar -- Data Logger Kits||Inexpensive data acquisition and data logger kits.|
|Several interesting looking kits for sensors, controllers, and data loggers. Low prices.|
|King Solar carries quite a few flow measuring devices at pretty reasonable prices.|
|GEMS||Wide line of affordable flow meters and other sensors.|
|Omega||Very wide range of measuring instruments and sensors. No problem with small orders.|
|Kestrel||Kestrel pocket wind meters -- good for measuring low speed airflow in solar collectors.|
|Daystar Solar Meter||Inexpensive meter to measure incident solar radiation|
|Apogee||Relatively inexpensive solar radiation measurement instrument.|
|Kipp and Zonen||Solar Radiation Instruments.|
Magnehelic Differential Pressure Gages
|Wide variety of instruments.
Dwyer gages to measure small air pressure differences. Might try ebay first.
temperature logging kits that use the DS1820 one-wire temperature sensor.
Also some thermostats and other interesting kits.
Data logger and sensor kits
|Some inexpensive and interesting looking kits for data logging and various sensors, including a wind velocity sensor.|
|Simple Circuit Boards||Some inexpensive boards for taking temperature measurements and interfacing thermocouples.|
amazing $35 gadget measures voltage, current and power (in watts) consumed
by a 120VAC appliance plugged into it. It will also accumulate
energy used (KWH) over the period of time the appliance is plugged into it.
The claimed accuracy is 0.2%, which is amazing.
Please note that I have had no dealings with most of the suppliers, and cannot vouch for them in any way. These links are just a place to get started in your system/component searches. I have no financial or other arrangement of any kind with any of these suppliers.
Gary April 16, 2008