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Getting a Grip on Saharan Dust

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By Christian Kurz and Lucas Richter, Meteocontrol

A poor understanding of how European PV arrays perform in Saharan dust outbreaks can have a crippling financial impact on grid operators. Christian Kurz and Lucas Richter of meteocontrol describe a major new research project underway in Germany to improve the forecasting of dust outbreaks and their impact on PV power output.

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