New Solar Trial Uses Cloud Predictive Technology

Here's an interesting solar trial:

In what is believed to be the largest Australian trial of its kind, a solar farm in Western Australia's Pilbara region, will be fitted with "cloud predictive technology" (CPT). 

AUDIO: Hear Ivor explain how CPT works (ABC Rural)

The technology uses an interconnected network of cameras, pointed towards the sky, to sense approaching cloud cover.

If cloud is sensed, CPT pre-emptively, slowly transitions the supply of power from the solar panels to a traditional power source, before the sun is blocked out altogether.

This avoids sudden power drop offs.

The trial will be undertaken using more than 3,100 solar panels to be installed at Karratha Airport in coming months. 

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is contributing $2.3 million towards the trial.

ARENA CEO, Ivor Frischknecht, said if successful, the trial could mean significant cost reductions in the price of setting up solar power for industry.

"When you have a solar system, if a cloud comes over, the power output of those panels drops very quickly," he said.

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