This earthquake monitoring system is equipped with ten SOLARA 120 Watt solar modules from the solar module production in northern Germany. The system delivers its data to a seismic network for earthquake monitoring using solar power. It is located in Hvassahraun in the Reykjanes region. Reykjavík is about 23 km from the earthquake monitoring station in Hvassahraun.
The earthquake monitoring station with solar installation is connected to the GEOFON network of the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which is operated together with more than 50 international partners. In the GEOFO-Network, high-quality broadband data for earthquake recording and earthquake monitoring are obtained, among other things, using electricity generation from photovoltaic systems. The Earthquake Information Service is one of the fastest sources of earthquake information in the world. Even the most remote stations for seismic measurements are connected by SOLARA’s solar plants to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
SOLARA already equipped buoys for earthquake monitoring for tsunami warning in the Indian Ocean 15 years ago with reliable solar power systems and solar modules from Germany.
Stations with solar power systems, i.e. electricity from photovoltaic solar cells, exist on all continents. In the European-Mediterranean region and around the Indian Ocean, the earthquake monitoring network is particularly dense. Broadband sensors in the earthquake monitoring stations, mostly STS-2, are standard in many cases. The entire seismic spectrum is covered, i.e. from small high-frequency local earthquake events to large global earthquakes.
Important earthquake parameters, e.g. information on the epicentre of an earthquake, are recorded. The epicentre is located around the quake focus, i.e. the place where the earthquake occurred. Other data such as the depth and magnitude of the earthquake are also determined, as well as the time of the event in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). This creates a large seismological data archive.