Solmetric SunEye 210 Site Analysis Tool
The Solmetric SunEye 210 is a hand held electronic device that allows users to assess total potential solar energy given the shading of a particular site. Identifying the shading pattern early in the process reduces the expense of system and home design and improves the efficiency of the final system or house.
The Solmetric SunEye 210 is an important tool for the professional solar installer, saving time and money and helping to design high performance systems. It's equally useful for PV, passive hot water, roof mount or ground mount systems. Optimize new systems for maximum production. Analyze existing installations to solve problems of under production. Identify specific shade-causing obstructions such as trees or structures and know instantly how much additional energy would be produced if the obstruction were removed.
The SunEye 210 comes with a fish-eye lens digital camera and sophisticated measurement software that simulates removal or addition of shading objects or structures, and measures roof tilt and azimuth. It works in the northern and southern hemispheres and provides easy measurements and instant feedback allowing you to make quick estimates and accurate system designs and stores data for later review. The SunEye interfaces to the USB port of your PC, and data is transferred from the device to the SunEye Desktop software. A Solar Access and Shading Report summarizes the data from each session. The SunEye also outputs various data files for use in simulation and design programs.
The GPS version permits automatic readings of latitude and longitude for sun path calculations and displays. Each Skyline reading can be automatically tagged with the latitude and longitude coordinates. Recommended for large sites where many skylines will be recorded, or when exact latitude/longitude coordinates are desired. Accuracy is +/-3 meters. When data is taken using the GPS option, all Skylines are geo-tagged, and the locations and data can be output to Google Earth.
It works on PCs with Windows Vista (all editions), Windows XP SP2 (Professional, Home, or Media Center), or Windows 2000 SP4. Currently, the SunEye software does not run natively on Mac OS. It is possible, however, to run the SunEye software on a Mac using a Windows emulator, such as Parallels Desktop for Mac.