The CS320 is a digital thermopile pyranometer that measures broad-spectrum short-wave radiation and communicates over the simple SDI-12 protocol to the data logger. This sensor design eliminates measurement error and programming errors that can adversely affect data quality.
This pyranometer has been designed to improve the global solar radiation measurement significantly (even under cloudy conditions) without adding substantial cost. The CS320 is suitable for applications ranging from environmental research to agriculture to large mesoscale weather networks (mesonets).
The CS320 is manufactured using a high-grade anodized aluminum body and IP68-rated 316 stainless-steel M8 connector (marine grade). The CS320 sensor is heated (on/off switchable under user control) and allows continuous operation in changing environmental conditions. The pyranometer's calibration data is stored on the sensor.Read More
The CS320 combines a blackbody thermopile detector with an acrylic diffuser. This design is a significant improvement when compared with the spectral response of silicon photocell pyranometers, while offering a comparable price. Thermopile pyranometers use a series of thermoelectric junctions (multiple junctions of two dissimilar metals following the thermocouple principle) to provide a signal of several µV/W/m2 proportional to the temperature difference between a black absorbing surface and a reference. The thermopile pyranometer’s black surface uniformly absorbs solar radiation across the solar spectrum.
The 0.2 W heater keeps water (liquid and frozen) off the sensor to minimize errors caused by dew, frost, rain, and snow blocking the radiation path. Dew and rain runoff is faciliated by the dome-shaped sensor head (diffuser and body). This keeps the sensor clean and minimizes errors caused by dust blocking the radiation path. The sensor is housed in a rugged anodize aluminum body, and the electronics are fully potted.
The CS320 pyranometer has sensor-specific calibration coefficients determined during the custom calibration process. Coefficients are programmed into the microcontrollers at the factory. The CS320 has an SDI-12 output (SDI-12 version 1.4), where short-wave radiation (W/m2) is returned in digital format. Measurement of the CS320 pyranometer requires a measurement device with SDI-12 functionality that includes the M or C command.
|Calibration Uncertainty||± 2.6%|
|Measurement Range||0 to 2000 W/m2 (net short-wave irradiance)|
|Measurement Repeatability||< 1%|
|Long-Term Drift||< 2% (per year)|
|Detector Type||Blackbody thermopile|
|SDI-12 Response Time||2 s|
|Field of View (FOV)||180°|
|Spectral Range||385 to 2105 nm (50% points)|
|Directional (Cosine) Response||< ±20 W/m2 (at 80° solar zenith)|
|Temperature Response||< 5% (from -15° to +45°C)|
|Output||SDI-12 (version 1.4) 1200 bps|
|Zero Offset A||8 W/m2|
|Zero Offset B||< 5 W/m2|
|Operating Temperature Range||-50° to +50°C|
|Operating Environment||0 to 100% relative humidity|
|Heater||0.2 W (on-board)|
|Heater Power Requirements||25 mA current drain (at 12 Vdc)|
|Input Voltage Requirements||6 to 24 Vdc|
|Uncertainty in Daily Total||< 5%|
|Error Due to Clouds||±2 %|
|Factory Calibrations||Traceable to secondary standard blackbody thermopile pyranometers traceable to the world radiation reference in Davos, Switzerland.|
|Warranty||4 years against defects in materials and workmanship|
|Diameter||3.43 cm (1.35 in.)|
|Height||3.96 cm (1.56 in.)|
~65 g (2.3oz)
May vary due to potting.
Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.
Measurement of the CS320 pyranometer requires a measurement device with SDI-12 functionality that includes the M or C command, as an analog version of the CS320 is not offered.
Accurate measurements require the sensor to be leveled using a 18356 leveling fixture. This leveling fixture incorporates a bubble level and three leveling screws. The 18356 mounts to a crossarm using the CM225 mounting stand. The CS320 should be mounted away from all obstructions and reflective surfaces that might adversely effect the measurement.
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The leveling base provides physical stability and helps ensure the sensor is leveled correctly. It is not recommended to use the sensor without the base. The sensor mounts to the base with an included bolt. However, a user-supplied plate with a hole drilled in it could be used instead to accept the sensor’s mounting bolt.
Note: Whatever mounting method is used, the sensor has to be levelled to operate correctly.
The SDI-12 bus is capable of having at least 10 sensors connected to it, each with 200 feet of cable. With fewer sensors, longer cable lengths are possible.
Compare the sensor against a recently calibrated CS320 on a clear, sunny day with the sun overhead. Ensure that the sensor being used as a reference is also level.
For maximum accuracy, Campbell Scientific generally recommends that all sensors be recalibrated every two years. Depending on the requirements of the application, it may be desirable to wait longer between recalibration cycles. To determine if recalibration is necessary for pyranometers, visit the Clear Sky Calculator web page.
For additional information, read the "How to Check the Accuracy of Your Solar Radiation Measurements" blog article.
Whenever possible, purchase a sensor with the desired cable length. Some sensors have a user-specified cable length, whereas other sensors have a set cable length.
Sometimes, an old cable can be replaced with a new, longer cable.
Generally, additional cable cannot be spliced onto the existing cable because:
Splicing cable together increases the likelihood that water may enter the cable and cause shorting, corrosion, and some other potential issues, which in turn can cause measurement issues.
Because of the potential issues, do not splice any sensor cable without first contacting Campbell Scientific to discuss the sensor in detail.
Not every sensor has different cable termination options. The options available for a particular sensor can be checked by looking in two places in the Ordering information area of the sensor product page:
If a sensor is offered in an –ET, –ETM, –LC, –LQ, or –QD version, that option’s availability is reflected in the sensor model number. For example, the 034B is offered as the 034B-ET, 034B-ETM, 034B-LC, 034B-LQ, and 034B-QD.
All of the other cable termination options, if available, are listed on the Ordering information area of the sensor product page under “Cable Termination Options.” For example, the 034B-L Wind Set is offered with the –CWS, –PT, and –PW options, as shown in the Ordering information area of the 034B-L product page.
Note: As newer products are added to our inventory, typically, we will list multiple cable termination options under a single sensor model rather than creating multiple model numbers. For example, the HC2S3-L has a –C cable termination option for connecting it to a CS110 instead of offering an HC2S3-LC model.
No. It’s not the range that makes a sensor a quantum sensor. It is the type of light filter used with the photocell that only allows specific wavelengths of light in the PAR frequency range to strike the photocell.
For thermopile pyranometers, a thermopile is used within the instrument as the sensor, and the thermal gradients are measured across hot and cold areas (black and white). The radiation intensity is proportional to the temperature differences between the two sensing areas. Accuracy depends upon the sensitivity of the material used in the sensors, the response time, and the distortion characteristics of the material constituting the dome (if present) covering the sensors.
For silicon photocell pyranometers, electric current is generated by a photo-sensitive diode in proportion to solar intensity. Ordinarily, silicon photocell pyranometers are not fully sensitive to the full spectrum of visible light, and they cannot “see” a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum such as under cloudy conditions or vegetative canopies. Silicon photocell pyranometers will introduce errors under these conditions. In full sunlight conditions, however, they are calibrated to properly output solar radiation measurements.