The main objective behind the establishment of the enerMENA network of meteorological stations (enerMENA Meteo-Network) is to supply reliable meteorological data of the MENA region especially those of the Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) that are necessary for the implementation of CSP technologies. In the first phase of the project, eight high-precision meteorological stations are being installed in five MENA partner countries to set up a base for the enerMENA Meteo-Network.
The obtained meteorological data are bilaterally shared and jointly analyzed with project partners. Moreover, the data is available for all parties working on CSP related R&D activities in the region. It can be used also for the preparation of feasibility studies, project performance calculations, support of project financing and solar power plant operation monitoring.
The enerMENA team appreciates the MENA project partners, especially those onsite, for their great efforts in performing the required O&M works for the stations. We thank also our service team from CSP Services for the installation, as well as continuous monitoring and maintenance of the network to ensure high quality and reliable data output.
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Joint R&D Research
Investigation of the desert environment and its influence on CSP plants is one of the main issues of this module. The desert region of the MENA region comprises the most suitable CSP project sites in the world. However, climatic conditions of the desert environment, i.e. desert storms and high temperature gradients, represent a challenge for the implementation of the CSP technologies there. Therefore research is needed in this field in order to develop suitable components for the region.
Meeting these new challenges, conjoint research with the MENA institutions is carried out in the field of:
Test and R&D Infrastructure
Another target of Module III is to support the partner institutions in the MENA region in setting up their own Test and R&D Infrastructure. Such an infrastructure is necessary to achieve the sustainable implementation of CSP technologies in the region.
The DLR identified the necessity of R&D infrastructure from the early beginning and developed several R&D facilities at the Plataforma Solar of Almeria, the DLR Location in Cologne and Jülich as well as long list of partner references worldwide.
In this module the necessity for new or improvement of existing research infrastructure of the partner countries will be identified and evaluated. Later a conception study for the required CSP research and development infrastructure for the partner institution is going to be elaborated.