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Investigating the impact of clouds on solar energy production – Analyzing different photovoltaic technologies on different time scales

  • Solar energy is one option to serve the rising global energy demand with low environmental impact.1 Building an energy system with a considerable share of solar power requires long-term investment and a careful investigation of potential sites. Therefore, understanding the impacts from varying regionally and locally determined meteorological conditions on solar energy production will influence energy yield projections. Clouds are moving on a short term timescale and have a high influence on the available solar radiation, as they absorb, reflect and scatter parts of the incoming light.2 However, the impact of cloudiness on photovoltaic power yields (PV) and cloud induced deviations from average yields might vary depending on the technology, location and time scale under consideration.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Stefanie Meilinger, Ina Neher, Evandro Dresch, Khurshid Hasan, Bernd Evers-Dietze, Dieter Franke
Parent Title (English):EMS Annual Meeting Abstracts
First Page:67-1
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2015/09/07
15th EMS Annual Meeting & 12th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology (ECAM), 07–11 September 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, Maschinenbau und Technikjournalismus
Institut für Technik, Ressourcenschonung und Energieeffizienz (TREE)
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 333 Boden- und Energiewirtschaft
Entry in this database:2015/08/21
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 3.0