Fulcrum3D

Product Options

CloudCAM product options enable you to get the most from your system. For example, to provide short term irradiance forecasting, power generation forecasting or to collect additional environmental data

CloudCAM BASE package

Provides real-time cloud detection and cloud cover measurements and includes:

  • Weatherproof all-sky camera system;
  • Fixed fish-eye lens provides 360/180 degree sky coverage;
  • Kipp&Zonen SMP11 pyranometer (irradiance);
  • Vaisala HMP60 (temperature, humidity) sensors;
  • Solar power supply, remote communications and mounting kit;
  • Measure various environments at one time – measure the complete set of environmental parameters within one system, allowing correlation analysis to be carried out between the various environmental parameters;
  • Integration with local SCADA via modbus or access data remotely via FlightDECK.

Solar Forecast Module (optional)

  • Provides cloud forecasts and solar irradiance forecasts for the CloudCAM location and a nearby area of interest
  • Requires standard CloudCAM hardware system

Power Forecast Module (optional)

  • Provides cloud and solar irradiance forecasts for the CloudCAM location and a nearby area of interest
  • Requires standard CloudCAM system and Solar Forecast Module

Ramp Rate Control Module (optional)

  • Limits solar power output to acceptable levels via inverter control (requires suitable inverters)
  • Accepts ramp-up, ramp-down and set-point controls

Additional Solar and Weather Sensors

  • Standard hardware can be expanded to include additional solar and weather sensors
  • Options include pyranometers, pyrheliometers, rain sensors, pressure sensors and wind sensors

Benefits

1
CloudCAM delivers dependable data

CloudCAM systems have been in continuous use since 2012 in harsh environments in the Australian outback. These systems have proven reliability. Further long-term deployments include:

  • Urban environment – Sydney, Australia;
  • Arid and tropical environments – northern Australia, Kiribati.

2
Measure various environments at one time

By integrating CloudCAM with Fulcrum3D’s solar monitoring system, the complete set of environmental parameters is measured within one system, allowing correlation analysis to be carried out between the various environmental parameters. For example, risk analysis can be carried out by comparing cloud measurements with actual solar radiation measurements.

3
24/7 data access

Information is available 24/7 via your web browser. FlightDECK enables data to be downloaded as well as information about your CloudCAM system and location including mapping and deployment history etc to be viewed. Access is included in your annual data access fee.

4
View real time met data

CloudCAM is equipped with remote communications to transfers data to the Fulcrum3D servers via the cellular network. This is preconfigured when the unit is supplied. When on site installing the unit, FlightDECK Onboard can be used to view real time data, check mobile/cell reception strength, current logger time etc. with a laptop.

Applications

Grid connected solar farms

  • Optimise market bid strategies based on short term solar power output forecasts
  • Provide essential power output forecasts to network operators

Solar Power: better integration of off-grid PV in diesel mini-grids

  • Measure and predict cloud shading and solar power output across the entire solar farm
  • Allow higher penetration solar without disrupting existing generators, increasing fuel savings
  • Implement ramp rate control on PV inverters to reduce rate of change in output to acceptable levels
  • Implement optimised set point control to cap solar power output to levels acceptable for diesel power stations

Solar Power: off-grid PV with integrated energy storage

  • Optimise charge / discharge of batteries based on solar power forecasts to minimise unnecessary energy spill
  • Implement ramp rate control on PV inverters to reduce unnecessary cycling of energy storage
  • Reduce the energy storage capacity required to maintain acceptable operations for the same solar power penetration
  • Reduce system losses, improve battery lifetime and reduce overall costs

Electricity network management and scheduling

  • Accurately forecast short term solar power output from centralised or decentralised solar power stations
  • Allow optimum network control and generator scheduling

Cloud cover measurement in meteorology

  • Automatic cloud cover measurement at a point or over a broad area (% cover, oktas)
  • Cloud cover settings and event flags for use in automated control systems
  • For meteorological authorities, agricultural users, building designers and researchers
  • Uses include meteorology, greenhouses, irrigation systems, telescope operators, building control systems

Sports arena management

  • Manage artificial lighting at sports venues based on cloud shading predictions
  • Analyse optimal event times based on cloud shadow events

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