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Volume 15 | Copyright
Adv. Sci. Res., 15, 11-14, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/asr-15-11-2018
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  13 Feb 2018

13 Feb 2018

Applications of a shadow camera system for energy meteorology

Pascal Kuhn1, Stefan Wilbert1, Christoph Prahl1, Dominik Garsche1, David Schüler1, Thomas Haase1, Lourdes Ramirez2, Luis Zarzalejo2, Angela Meyer3, Philippe Blanc4, and Robert Pitz-Paal5 Pascal Kuhn et al.
  • 1German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Solar Research, Plataforma Solar de Almería, Ctra. De Senés s/n km 5, 04200 Tabernas, Spain
  • 2CIEMAT, Energy Department – Renewable Energy Division, Av. Complutense, 40, 28040 Madrid, Spain
  • 3MeteoSwiss, Les Invuardes, 1530 Payerne, Switzerland
  • 4MINES ParisTech, PSL Research University, O. I. E. Centre Observation, Impacts, Energy, CS 10207, 06904, Sophia Antipolis CEDEX, France
  • 5German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Solar Research, Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne, Germany

Abstract. Downward-facing shadow cameras might play a major role in future energy meteorology. Shadow cameras directly image shadows on the ground from an elevated position. They are used to validate other systems (e.g. all-sky imager based nowcasting systems, cloud speed sensors or satellite forecasts) and can potentially provide short term forecasts for solar power plants. Such forecasts are needed for electricity grids with high penetrations of renewable energy and can help to optimize plant operations. In this publication, two key applications of shadow cameras are briefly presented.

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Downward-facing shadow cameras might play a major role in future energy meteorology. Shadow cameras image shadows directly on the ground from an elevated position. They are used to validate other systems (e.g. all-sky imager based nowcasting systems, cloud speed sensors or satellite forecasts) and can potentially provide short term forecasts for solar power plants. Such forecasts are needed for electricity grids with high penetrations of renewable energy and solar power plants.
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