Development of common monitoring and evaluation methodologies for large solar thermal systems
The major problems to be tackled by demonstration projects for large solar thermal systems concern the design, realisation and operation of the systems and interactions between the component parts. In order to maximise the learning experience of these projects, guidelines are put forward for their description, monitoring, inspection and data analysis, to enable meaningful comparisons to be made with other systems and to allow extrapolations to other locations and climates, from which more general conclusions may then be drawn. Information which does not contribute to the evaluation of the performance of the system should be omitted. The use of a format sheet for the project description is recommended. Failures of the system should be reported in order for similar defects to be eliminated from the design of future systems. A standard set of the meteorological and system parameters to be monitored is described, together with a standard monitoring programme, which includes also short periods of detailed monitoring. Requirements for data analysis and project evaluation are also set out.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Symposium de Promotion des Energies Renouvelables, Marrakech (MA), March 20-24, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35120 ORA
Record Number: 199010062 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en