The CS241DM is a surface-mountable, back-of-module temperature sensor with features designed for bifacial photovoltaic (PV) module performance assessment and soiling. The probe head has been redesigned for easier installation. The measurement performance has been improved with a smaller footprint that is optimized to reduce back-of-module shading and eliminate surface cooling. Other improvements include greater sensor-to-module bonding/adhesion and a thinner Teflon cable with a higher temperature rating. To meet the requirements of performance validation, every CS241DM is supplied with a NIST-traceable, serialized calibration certificate.
This best-in-class smart sensor is a digital Modbus version of the CS241 PT-1000 Class A, Back-of-Module Temperature Sensor.Read More
The CS241DM provides PV stakeholders with the most accurate back-of-module temperature, even at long cable lengths, for use in power assessment and soiling of solar PV modules. Back-of-module temperature is critical for the evaluation of effective irradiance, soiling, and power conversion, making the sensor that can collect this data a vital part of any PV performance monitoring system.
The CS241DM consists of a PT-1000 Class A platinum resistance thermometer (PRT) encased in a specially designed, slim-profile, low-mass aluminum disk. The slim design minimizes sensor impact on bifaciality with less than two percent area coverage on a full-sized cell. The disk shields the PRT from rapid temperature fluctuations while protecting the fragile PRT element during installation. It minimizes heat transfer, which eliminates surface cooling and results in the highest efficiency in measuring true temperature of the solar module. The disk adhesive has excellent thermal properties including a thermal conductance greater than 600 W/(m2*K), and it is extremely strong. This eliminates the need for high-temperature epoxy or tape for maximum sensor-to-module bonding, making the installation much easier.
The CS241DM cable has been upgraded to a thin polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Teflon-jacketed cable. This has two distinct advantages:
Combining the highest-quality components and thoughtful, coherent CS241DM sensor design results in the highest back-of-module temperature-sensor performance. The CS241DM sensor meets or exceeds the thermal properties, accuracy, and uncertainty specifications defined by IEC 61724 for Class A performance and is compliant with IEC 60751, DIN EN 60751 (according to IEC 751).
Every CS241DM includes a NIST-traceable, serialized calibration; alcohol swab; and zip ties that clip to the edge of a module frame.
|Surge Protection||1200 V isolation|
|Supply Voltage||5 to 30 Vdc|
|Power Draw||15 mA|
|Operating Temperature Range||-40° to +150°C|
|Shipping Dimensions||17.15 x 11.13 x 6.05 cm (6.75 x 4.38 x 2.38 in.)|
|Shipping Weight||90.7 g (0.2 lb)|
|Sensor||Precision 1000 ohm Class A platinum sensing element (PT-1000)|
|Class A PRT Accuracy||±(0.15 + 0.002t)°C|
|Temperature Coefficient||TCR = 3850 ppm/K|
|Long-Term Stability||Maximum Ro drift 0.04% (after 1000 h at 400°C)|
|Disk Material||Anodized aluminum|
|Disk Diameter||2.54 cm (1.0 in.)|
|Height||0.419 cm (0.165 in.)|
|Weight||~27 g (0.06 lb) with connector and 1 m (3 ft) cable|
|IP Rating||IP68 rating (self certified): 1 m submersion for 90 min|
|Industry Approvals||Compliant with IEC 60751, DIN EN 60751, Industrial Design (IEC Class 4) (according to IEC 751)|
|Protocol||Modbus RTU protocol (over RS-485)|
|Format||8 data bits, 1 stop bit, even parity as default (user-configurable)|
|Baud Rate||19,200 bps as default (user-configurable)|
|Modbus ID||Last two digits of serial number as default (user-configurable)|
Cable (Sensor Head to DM Board)
|Jacket Material||White semi-gloss PFA insulated (Teflon)|
|Jacket Rating||-75° to +250°C|
|Minimum Bend Radius||6 mm (0.25 in.) at least 6 mm (0.25 in.) away from sensor disk|
|Cable Diameter||0.216 cm (0.085 in.)|
|Cable Length||0.9144 m (3 ft)|
Cable (DM Board to PT)
|Maximum Temperature Rating||75°C and 80°C (jacket 105°C; oil 75°C)|
|Minimum Temperature Rating||-40°C|
|Conductor Material||22 AWG 19/0.0058 stranded tinned copper|
|Cable Type||4 twisted pairs twisted together and wrapped with clear polyester tape to form a cable core|
|Jacket Material||Thermoplastic elastomer, 1.07 mm (0.042 in.) nominal wall thickness (pressure)|
|Insulation Material||High-density polyethylene 0.254 mm (0.01 in.) nominal wall thickness|
|Dielectric Strength||2000 V RMS|
|Overall Cable Diameter||7.37 mm nominal ± 0.13 mm (0.29 in. nominal ± 0.005 in.)|
|EMC Compliance||Conforms with Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC).|
|RoHS2||Conforms with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS2).|
|POE Compliant||POE compliant (802.3af) to 100 meters when installed per recommendations in TIA TSB-184.|
|CAT5e||Cable will meet CAT5e channel requirements to 100 meter length.|
CR6 example program that retrieves information from the input register of four CS241DM sensors, then averages the temperature measurements, and calculates the standard deviation. The Modbus address of the sensors are entered as constants at the beginning of the program; users need to change the Modbus addresses to match their sensors addresses. The CR1000X is programmed similarly.