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Design and operation of an irradiance measurement network

Schenk, Heiko and Hirsch, Tobias and Wittmann, Michael and Wilbert, Stefan and Keller, Lothar and Prahl, Christoph (2015) Design and operation of an irradiance measurement network. Energy Procedia, 69, pp. 2019-2030. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.03.212. ISSN 1876-6102.

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The area covered by large-scale solar thermal power plants extends out to one up to several square kilometers. During the passage of clouds, the solar fields of these plants get partially shaded while other areas remain irradiated. In the case of line-focus plants these transient effects lead to inhomogeneous outlet temperatures of collector loops, while in point-focus plants the flux density at the receiver is influenced. Nowadays, yield prognoses based on measured irradiation data at one specific site, neglecting the effect of inhomogeneous irradiation. One of the aims of the Turikon project is to provide temporally and spatially resolved maps of direct normal irradiance (DNI). On this account, a distributed irradiance measurement network has been installed at the Plataforma Solar in Spain within the research activities of the Turikon project. The network, which consists of 20 silicon pyranometers and a data acquisition system, is in operation since 2013, delivering distributed values for the global horizontal irradiation with a temporal resolution of one Hertz. In the present work a methodology is presented, that makes use of measurements from the network and additionally a vector of cloud movement, derived from shadow pictures. In that manner, data points can be shifted in the direction of cloud movement in order to obtain a temporally resolved DNI map that overlaps the circumference of the measurement network. In this publication, an example is presented that already shows the good applicability of the methodology. Subsequently, the methodology will be tested and validated with a broader data-base.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99126/
Document Type:Article
Title:Design and operation of an irradiance measurement network
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hirsch, TobiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0063-0128UNSPECIFIED
Wilbert, StefanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3573-3004UNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Energy Procedia
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 2019-2030
Keywords:distributed irradiation measurement, temporally resolved DNI-Maps, transient solar field operation
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:Concentrating Solar Systems (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Line-Focusing Systems (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Linienfokussierende Systeme
Deposited By: Schenk, Heiko
Deposited On:05 Nov 2015 13:06
Last Modified:28 Nov 2023 09:19

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