The origin and impact of fog and low-level cloud events on collective photovoltaic array generation in Canberra

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The Canberra region is often shrouded in thick low-level cloud decks and/or fog.  The origin of these events are maritime air-mass intrusions from either the eastern coastal areas of Australia or the Southern Ocean.  These events have a very profound impact on photovoltaic array electricity generation and occur in the early morning when domestic electricity demand is high.  This project will assess the origin of these events and seek to set parameters for forecasting their occurrence and duration, as well as assess the impact of these events on photovoltaic energy generation.  The student will analyse data from the Bureau of Meteorology weather stations and from rooftop photovoltaic arrays in the region.

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Recommended Skills: Statistical Analysis, knowledge of R software language, basic understanding of meteorological processes

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