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To build larger and more efficient wind turbines at lower cost, lower environmental impact and higher societal acceptance is a challenging endeavour for research and development. At DLR interdisciplinary research is conducted for next generation wind turbines. The institute accounts for the meteorological and acoustic instrumentation in a planned German Research Platform for Wind Energy, a joint attempt of the German Research Alliance for Wind Energy.
Solar irradiance is the fuel of solar power plants. The efficient use of solar radiation requires a detailed estimation of the varying solar resources. For the short-term control of solar power plants minute forecasts are needed. Hourly forecasts are necessary to optimize solar energy installations. The analysis of time series that extend over many years is necessary in order to reliably assess the long-term evolution of solar energy yield. At the Institute of Atmospheric Physics we apply our knowledge in Earth observation and radiative transfer modelling to address these issues.
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