Arena Project Case Study
Emerging Renewables Program – predicting cloud movements to maximise solar PV use
Fulcrum3D’s approach combines fit-for-purpose camera hardware with specialised algorithms to predict changes in PV energy output using cloud characteristics and velocities. Effectively predicting solar PV output means diesel generators can be switched on before production drops, smoothing energy delivery and potentially allowing more solar to be used.
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Start date September 2014
Fulcrum3D – Lead organisation
This project involves the development and demonstration of a sophisticated cloud tracking solution. Fulcrum3D's CloudCAM technology is expected to perform better than existing optical sky cameras in identifying cloud height and separating out layered clouds.
$1.11million total project value, $452,000 funding
Cloud detection measured as greater than 95%. Excellent cloud detection and shadow prediction capabilities result