The Solar Pathfinder™ has been the standard in the solar industry for
solar site shade analysis for decades. Its panoramic reflection of the
site instantly provides a full year of accurate solar/shade data. The
Solar Pathfinder™ gives an entire year's solar potential for a given
site in just seconds.
This non-electronic instrument is an easy-to-use tool that
accurately measures the shading of any site, allowing the user to see
what could shade the system throughout the year. Because the Solar
Pathfinder™ works on a reflective principle rather than actually
showing shadows, it can be used anytime of the day, anytime of the
year, in either cloudy or clear weather. The actual position of the sun
at the time of the solar site analysis is irrelevant. In fact, the unit
is easier to use in the absence of direct sunlight. It could even be
used on a moonlit night.
A key component of
the Solar Pathfinder™ is a transparent, hard plastic dome set on top of
a solid base (the instrument "platform"). The user looks down onto the
dome to see a panoramic view of the site reflected on the dome's
surface. All of the obstacles to sunshine at that location can be
clearly seen in this reflection. A paper sun-path diagram, which shows
the sun's route through the sky for every month of the year and every
hour of the day, is placed underneath the dome. Slots in the side of
the dome allow the user to trace the outline of the reflected obstacles
onto the diagram, revealing exactly what obstacles will shade the
selected site and when.
Users may also take a digital photo and use it instead of drawing on
the diagram. They can also upload the photo into the Assistant software
for shading data. The complete kit contains the plastic dome,
instrument platform, tripod legs (optional), base section, sun-path
charts for customer specified latitudes, and comprehensive user
instructions. All of this is housed in a very lightweight and durable
plastic carrying case. The Solar Pathfinder™ setup is quick and easy,
and usually takes just a few minutes. The Solar Pathfinder™ has gained
world-wide acceptance and continues to reach out to countries entering
the renewable energy market.
The Solar Pathfinder is a must have piece of gear for every installer's tool kit!
- Joe Schwartz CEO & Tech Editor of Homepower Magazine
This Unit Includes:
Sunpath Diagrams (latitude & application specific)
Angle estimator (for determining altitude & azimuth)
White marking pen with extra leads
Tool box specifically designed for the Pathfinder™
Tripod specifically designed for the Pathfinder™
Solar Pathfinder Demonstration:
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