Presentation Title

Real-Time Solar Energy Monitoring for Renewable Energy Applications

Location

Nessmith-Lane Atrium

Session Format

Poster Presentation

Research Area Topic:

Engineering and Material Sciences - Mechanical

Abstract

It is extremely desirable to integrate higher levels of renewable energy which exhibit intermittent generation patterns. Intermittency, by definition, affects solar energy as the production of electricity from solar sources (e.g. photovoltaic) depends on the amount of solar energy available. Solar energy production is thus a function of location (i.e. longitude, latitude, and elevation) as well as time of day. Forecasting the variation in incident solar energy and using that data in renewable energy applications is vitally important. Georgia Southern University has a newly installed solar monitoring station that can provide real-time solar energy data. The solar monitoring system consists of a sun tracker, a pyrheliometer for direct solar radiation measurements, a pyranometer for global solar radiation measurements, and a shaded pyranometer for diffuse solar radiation measurements. The solar monitoring system provides BSRN (Baseline Surface Radiation Network) level performance. The solar monitoring system is connected to a data logger for accurate data acquisition, and more importantly, real-time measurement. An overview of the solar monitoring station and the utility of the data gathered will be presented. The data can be utilized in a wide variety of renewable energy research.

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

4-16-2016 2:45 PM

End Date

4-16-2016 4:00 PM

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Real-Time Solar Energy Monitoring for Renewable Energy Applications

Nessmith-Lane Atrium

It is extremely desirable to integrate higher levels of renewable energy which exhibit intermittent generation patterns. Intermittency, by definition, affects solar energy as the production of electricity from solar sources (e.g. photovoltaic) depends on the amount of solar energy available. Solar energy production is thus a function of location (i.e. longitude, latitude, and elevation) as well as time of day. Forecasting the variation in incident solar energy and using that data in renewable energy applications is vitally important. Georgia Southern University has a newly installed solar monitoring station that can provide real-time solar energy data. The solar monitoring system consists of a sun tracker, a pyrheliometer for direct solar radiation measurements, a pyranometer for global solar radiation measurements, and a shaded pyranometer for diffuse solar radiation measurements. The solar monitoring system provides BSRN (Baseline Surface Radiation Network) level performance. The solar monitoring system is connected to a data logger for accurate data acquisition, and more importantly, real-time measurement. An overview of the solar monitoring station and the utility of the data gathered will be presented. The data can be utilized in a wide variety of renewable energy research.