Besides the solar irradiance other meteorological parameters are relevant for solar power plants. Scientists of the department Qualification determine various parameters which are used to qualify solar resources and solar power plants. In particular, the operation of power plants must be adjusted to the site specific special environmental conditions. Therefore, many activities of our department are carried out in collaboration with the enerMENA Meteonetwork on various sites in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), in addition to the facilities at PSA, Jülich and Cologne. Thus, our scientists obtain realistic insight into the meteorological conditions of this region and the challenges that project developers face. For many phenomena aerosols play an important role. The models and measurements methods used by DLR include:
The Analysis of aerosols in the lower atmosphere also leads to synergies with the group for durability of components of our department.