Four new enerMENA meteostations have been installed recently at different sites in Morocco in collaboration with IRESEN (Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles).
The enerMENA Meteo-Network now comprises a total of 10 meteostations at 5 sites in Morocco, 1 in Tunisia, 2 in Algeria, 1 in Egypt and 1 in Jordan. In addition to the new meteo stations there have been installed at all sites in Morocco new devices for the testing of reflector materials.
The German Aerospace Center is developing together with its Spanish partner CIEMAT and private partners at the Optic Aging Characterization Laboratory at the Plataforma Solar of Almeria tests for aluminum reflectors.
With the use of aluminum reflectors the costs of solar thermal power plants could be reduced significantly in comparison with the actually used glass mirrors but there exist still no reliable data about degradation and durability under ambient conditions. Therefore it is important to test the reflectors under real conditions.
With these new sites it is possible to test degradation and durability under ambient conditions such as desert environment with sands and dust, seaside with high salt concentrations, industrial locations up to locations with volcanic influences. In addition the meteorological stations give data about temperature, humidity, wind and irradiance.