CMP21-L Pyranometer
ISO Secondary Standard
Internal thermistor for optimized measurements
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Overview

The CMP21, manufactured by Kipp & Zonen, is an ISO secondary-standard pyranometer with an internal thermistor. It monitors solar radiation for the full solar spectrum range, and is well-suited for scientific use and in top-level solar-radiation monitoring networks. This pyranometer connects directly to a Campbell Scientific datalogger.

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Benefits and Features

  • Includes thermistor for individually optimized temperature compensation
  • Compatible with most Campbell Scientific data loggers
  • Integrated bubble level is visible without removing sun shield
  • Desiccant-filled drying cartridge prevents dew from forming on the inner sides of the domes
  • Compatible with the CVF4 heater/ventilator that keeps the domes free from ice and dew
  • Measures reflected solar radiation when inverted
  • Provides measurements in direct sunlight, under plant canopies, when the sky is cloudy, and in artificial light

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Detailed Description

The CMP21 measures solar radiation with a high-quality blackened thermopile protected by two glass domes. An internal thermistor allows individually optimized temperature compensation of the measurements.

The CMP21 has flat spectral sensitivity, from 285 to 2800 nm, that makes it ideal for applications in natural sunlight, under plant canopies, in green houses or buildings, and inverted to measure reflected solar radiation.

A desiccant-filled drying cartridge prevents dew from forming on the inner sides of the CMP21's domes. Campbell Scientific also offers the CVF4 heater/ventilator that keeps its domes free from ice and dew.

The CMP21 includes a white snap-on sun shield that reduces the sensor's temperature. A bubble level and adjusting leveling screws enable the sensor to be leveled without using a leveling base.

 

Specifications

Sensor High-quality blackened thermopile protected by two glass domes
Measurement Description Monitors solar radiation for the full solar spectrum range
ISO Classification Class A (secondary standard)
Spectral Range 285 to 2800 nm
Sensitivity 7 to 14 µV/W/m2
Temperature Dependence of Sensitivity < 1% (-20° to +50°C)
Response Time < 5 s (95% of final value)
Zero Offset Due to Thermal Radiation < 7 W/m2 (200 W/m2)
Non-Stability < 0.5% (change/year)
Non-Linearity < 0.2% (0 to 1000 W/m2)
Directional Error < 10 W/m2 (up to 80° with 1000 W/m2 beam)
Tilt Error < 0.2%
Level Accuracy 0.1°
Impedance 10 to 100 Ω
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +80°C
Typical Signal Output 0 to 15 mV (for atmospheric applications)
Maximum Irradiance 4000 W/m2
Expected Daily Uncertainty < 2%
Dome Diameter 5 cm (2 in.)
Width 15 cm (5.9 in.) with shield
Height 9.25 cm (3.64 in.)
Weight 0.9 kg (2 lb) with 10.1 m (33 ft) cable

Compatibility

Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.

Dataloggers

Product Compatible Note
21X (retired)
CR10 (retired)
CR1000 (retired)
CR1000X
CR10X (retired)
CR200X (retired)
CR206X (retired)
CR211X (retired)
CR216X (retired)
CR23X (retired)
CR295X (retired)
CR300
CR3000 (retired)
CR310
CR350
CR500 (retired)
CR5000 (retired)
CR510 (retired)
CR6
CR800
CR850
CR9000 (retired)
CR9000X (retired)

Additional Compatibility Information

Mounting

The CMP21 has a bubble level and two leveling feet, which allow it to be leveled without using a leveling base. This pyranometer mounts to a mast, crossarm, or pole (1.0 in. to 2.1 in. OD) via the CM255 or CM255LS mounting stand. The CMP21 should be mounted away from all obstructions and reflective surfaces that might adversely effect the measurement.