Columbia Weather Systems Updates

CWS Adds PAR Sensor to Help Customer Monitor New Fuel Process

By: CWS3175, 9:41 PM GMT on July 31, 2012

In collaboration with customer Joule Unlimited, Columbia Weather Systems has added a quantum sensor option to measure photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) – solar radiation in the spectral range 400-700 nm. The sensor can be added to any CWS weather station with a Weather MicroServer. The quantum sensor is useful for applications such as greenhouse management in agricultural operations.

Joule Unlimited has developed a technology platform to produce diesel and ethanol fuel from sunlight, non-potable water and waste CO2. To help monitor their process, they are using a Weather MicroServer with the quantum sensor, as well as a modular Capricorn 2000EX Weather Station measuring wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, solar radiation, and rainfall.

With its technology now proven and operating at pilot scale, Joule is advancing towards commercial fuel production expected to begin in 2013.

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