The IR-SkyCam system for foltovoltaic plants developed by MLabs Optronics allows to calculate and forecast the solar radiation received at the plant. Based on an infrared thermographic camera, it measures continuously the cloud layer in the area where the solar plant is located using thermal images.
Measuring the amount of clouds is essential for solar power generators. This system allows high-precision detection of both day and night clouds by collecting thermal information about the clouds that pass through the area, while capturing additional information above the clouds.
Field of view
The system allows to adapt the field of vision according to the needs. It obtains thermal images from the entire horizon line up to a smaller section of the celestial vault, covering 180° field of view and a measuring radius of more than 2.5 km depending on the shape of the terrain.
This system is the ideal hardware to complete with an electricity generation forecasting software in photovoltaic plants.
More efficient system than standard cameras
The use of the infrared camera offers many advantages compared to optical cameras.
It avoids problems related to optical brightness and contrast variations, providing a constant performance of measurements in all conditions (sunrise, sunset, storms ...).
On the other hand, the area of overexposure around the sun (also called the circumsolar area) is avoided, which produces errors with standard cameras.
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