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Tambo Real Project

In the last time (years) I’ve gone from been a solar researcher to consultant and then to Project Manager of solar projects. I have had very little time to write on this blog and to advance in my project to develop a program for the analysis of radiation data files.
Many times the work and personal life does not leave time for much more, and hobbies should be postponed.
As Project Manager I was responsible in juwi for the development of Tambo Real project, which has a capacity of 1.2 MWp and is located in the Vicuña, Chile.
It was a great experience to be in charge of the construction of the second largest photovoltaic park in the country so far, of which I remain many lessons learned.

I would like to share with you some pictures of the construction process.

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In my last year of college I started working in solar energy research, processing large amounts of data of global, diffuse and direct solar radiation. The processing of this information was very difficult, considering that a year of measurements means more than 500,000 data measured every minute. For each data had to calculate the position of the sun and do quality control of measurements, it was impossible to do it in Excel due to long processing times and freezes. It was then that I began to process information with Fortran, everything was much faster, did not fall and was able to process lots of information quickly. The problem was that was not possible to generate graphics and that was critical for me.

This is how I reach DISLIN, a library to generate incredible graphics from Fortran, very easy to use and export to all formats. With the time I even use Dislin to generate Graphics Users Interface (GUI) for Fortran software.

Below are images with more than 200,000 points that was realized in a couple of seconds with Fortran and DISLIN.

Solar irradiance on sunny and cloudy days

The solar radiation that is emitted from the sun in the form of electromagnetic waves, entering the atmosphere is filtered by the gases it contains, mainly by clouds that are floating, which bounce the light to operate as mirrors. When passing a cloud, global radiation decreases dramatically and diffuse radiation increases as a result of the deviation in the direction of the aces of light that causes the cloud.

Figure 1: Solar radiation in a sunny day

Figure 2: Solar radiation in a partly cloudy day

Where is the Sun ?? (Solar position algorithms)

Accurate computation of solar position plays a fundamental role in solar energy applications, especially for concentrating systems. The required accuracy varies over a wide range, depending on the application: flat systems tolerate errors of a few degrees without significant losses, while high-concentration systems can require an accuracy of the order of 0.01º. More specific applications, such as the calibration of pyranometers ( Reda and Andreas, 2004 ), require an even greater accuracy.

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