2 July 2018
up to German TVöD 5
Nowcasting systems based on upwards-facing all-sky imagers can provide spatially resolved DNI maps. Classification schemes are used to analyse the shadow patterns as well as irradiance intensity and categorize the current conditions into temporal and spatial variability classes. It has been proven through the in-house dynamic solar field simulation tool, the Virtual Solar Field, that solar field controllers can be tuned to increase the energy yield of the power plants during transient processes. The nowcasting systems also offer short-term forecasts for the solar irradiance maps of up-to 15 minutes. Using this additional information the operators have more potential to further increase their yield by providing proactive control actions to optimize the operation.
Within the scope of the proposed thesis, model-predictive control strategies will be developed to use solar irradiance forecasts. The controllers will be able to take the uncertainties within the forecasts into consideration when deciding the control actions. The new controllers are to be implemented within the in-house developed simulation software for line-focus systems, the Virtual Solar Field.
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Mr. Kareem Noureldin
Institute of Solar Research
Phone: +49 711 6862-8210