Effect of Clouds on Solar Irradiance - Infrastructure

Cyprus University of Technology

The Sustainable Energy Laboratory (SEL), for the scope of this collaboration, is fully equipped with: a meteorological station (DNI, diffuse and global irradiance, humidity, temperature and wind speed/direction sensors), a BF-5 Sunshine Sensor and a hand held DNI sensor. Moreover, the optical equipment of the laboratory consists of an Orion all-sky camera, model StarShoot AllSky Camera II, a HERO wide angle lens camera and a NIKON D3100 DSLR camera.

Additionally, the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) of CUT is a member of the ‘AERONET’ – NASA network and EARLINET and consists of the following resources: 8 GPS units with a reference station, 5 field spectro-radiometers (GER1500, ASD & SVC 1024), 2 sun-photometers Microtops II, 1 CEMEL sun-photometer, a RAYMETRICS backscatter/depolarization LIDAR System, solar irradiance meters, NDVI meter and smart meteorological stations.

Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania

The equipments usable in this project at the Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling Centre (RES-REC) consists of: 2 DeltaT meteorological weather stations (one having a SPN1 pyramometer for diffuse and global irradiance and the other having an ES2 energy meter; both of them can also measure humidity, temperature, wind speed/direction and quantity of rainfall), a precise Kipp&Zonen solar tracking system (type Solys 2, equipped with class A monitoring equipment: two CMP22 pyranometers, a CGR4 pyrgeometer and a CHP1 pyrheliometer), a portable pyranometer with datalogger, type LSI BSR153 and an indoor solar simulator, able to also simulate wind gusts.

The RES-REC centre has also a good software infrastructure (TRNSYS 17, METEONORM and own developed software) for solar energy radiation modelling.

During the project an all-sky camera will be installed at both sites to take images of the sky, which is a ground based camera able to capture pictures of the whole sky or part of the sky at scheduled time intervals.