Monocrystalline Cell: The cell is laminated with 2 EVA sheets, one Tedlar sheet and 3mm tempered glass under 180 °C homogeneous temperature and under vacuum effect. The size of the monocrystalline cell is 52×52 mm² or 31x31mm².

Sensor Box: It is an UV protected aluminum box. The sensor box has two opening access and the mounting holes on its sides are for easy site installation. There are three options for IP Class; IP54, IP65 and IP68. For ventilation purpose, there are 1mm holes at bottom side of the box, or a ventilation plug on its side.

Connectors: Each plastic connector which is UV protected has a different pin number which prevents any connection confusion during site installation. The connection cables are delivered as 1,5m or 3m lengths. SEVEN irradiance sensor is designed as plug & run device and end user friendly operation.


General Information
Reference Cell Monocrystalline Silicon (52 mm x 52 mm or 31 mm x 31 mm)
Current Shunt High precision shunt resistor directly soldered to the terminals of the cell
Cell Temperature Sensor PT1000, -40 °C to +90 °C
Irradiance 0… 1600 W/m2
Operating Temperature -40 °C to +85 °C
Electrical Connection 3 m LIYYC11Y PUR Cable , UV and weather resistant
Power Supply 12 to 30 VDC (30 mA typically at 20 VDC)
Interface RS485 up to 38400 Baud
Protocol The sensor is connected via a 2-wire RS485 bus with open vendorindependent Modbus RTU Protocol, Sunspec compliant
Galvanic Isolation 1000 V between power supply and RS485 bus
Dimensions, Weight 140 mm x 108 mm x 42 mm (WxLxH), approx 300 g
Protection IP54 (IP65, IP68 options)
Standard and Classification  
Uncertainty ≤2%, less than 2%; as per IEC61724-1 standard Class A
Drift Very small drift of <0.3%/ year
Response Time 0,5 sec. less than 3 sec; as per IEC61724-1 standard Class A
Field of View 170° or 180°, larger than 160° as per IEC61724-1 standard Class A
Resolution ≤ 1W/m² less than 1W/m²; as per IEC61724-1 standard Class A
Tilt-Azimuthal Angle 0°- 0° , ≤ 1°; ° as per IEC61724-1 standard Class A
Electrical Connection  
Brown Power (+)
White Power (-)
Green RS485 A/Data(+)
Yellow RS485 B/Data(-)
Input#1 3S-AT-PT1000, Ambient Temperature Sensor, 5 pin connector
Input#2 3S-MT-PT1000, Module Temperature Sensor, 4 pin connector
Input#3 3S-WS-PLS, Wind Speed Sensor, 2 pin connector
Input#4 3S-WD, Wind Direction, 3 pin connector
Input#5 3S-RH&AT, Relative Humidity sensor, 7 pin connector
Output# Power and Communication
Calibration Each sensor is calibrated under Class AAA Sun Similator as per IEC 60904-2 by using a
reference cell calibrated by ISFH-Germany.
Test Each sensor is tested under natural sunlight by using a calibrated reference cell from
Fraunhofer ISE, Germany.
Warranty 5 years Limited warranty against manufacturer defects. Opening of the sensor box is one of the reason of terminating the warranty conditions.
Modbus Specification  
Baud Rate 4800 , 9600 , 19200 , 38400
Parity None, even, odd
Stop Bit 1, 2 (only at no parity)
Factory Default 9600 Baud, 8N1, address: 1


Irradiance Sensor wiring

Details of SEVEN Irradiance sensor

The irradiance sensor or PV pyranometer is a photovoltaic sensor used to measure the amount of solar energy in natural light and is particularly used in meteorology. It measures the power of total solar radiation in watts per square meter (W/m²).

The solar irradiance sensor is a simple economical solution to monitor the performance of the solar system at any time. Entirely manufactured as a cell for the PV system and equipped with a temperature compensation system, the irradiance sensor measures precisely and reliably the energy expected to be produced by the system. You will thus be able to benefit from the best performance for your solar panels.


Irradiance sensor with Modbus RTU Connection

In terms of connection or communication with other sensors and dataloggers. Several types of irradiance sensors are available with different output signals such as the irradiance sensor with Modbus RTU output and the irradiance sensor with analog output. In this text, we will focus on irradiance sensors with Modbus RTU output.

First of all, Modbus is a serial communication protocol widely used by industrial electronic devices. In Modbus, the connection is established between a master (host) and slaves (devices connected to COM ports). The Modbus allows access to the configuration of the peripherals and to read measurements.

The irradiance sensor with Modbus RTU output is an advanced, weatherproof junction box made of UV-resistant materials. It is constructed from a monocrystalline solar cell connected to a high-precision shunt. It contains a Modbus output which is used to deliver the measurements obtained by the sensor to the datalogger via a RS485 cable. This type of Modbus irradiance sensors also has up to five input ports that allow the communication with five external sensors as following; Module Temperature Sensor, Ambient Temperature Sensor, Wind Speed Sensor, Wind Direction Sensor and Relative Humidity Sensor.

Irradiance sensor’s components

An irradiance sensor consists essentially of 3 main parts: Protective box, Photovoltaic cell, Electronic card.

The photovoltaic cell, which has a monocrystalline silicon structure, is the part that absorbs solar radiation. It has the same characteristics as a photovoltaic panel cell. Therefore, it behaves in the same way as the panel under the effect of light and heat. Then, with the help of a microprocessor, the electronic card gets the ability to collect the processed data.