(Energy Self-sufficient Meteorological Research Facility)

Assoc. prof. Sebastijan Seme, PhD

Energy Self-sufficient Meteorological Research Facility is designed and constructed according to construction techniques and technologies of passive houses, therefore minimal amount of energy for heating is consumed. Energy self-sufficiency is achieved through an energy management system, a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and an energy storage system. Energy management system enables monitoring and management of the heating system, by which the adequate room temperature is adjusted, and space lighting management by controlling the window blinds. The surplus of electric energy generated from the photovoltaic system is stored in the energy storage system, which provides electrical energy in the evenings, when there is not enough energy generated by the photovoltaic system (the energy storage system has 1,300 W of rated output power).

The main function of Energy Self-sufficient Meteorological Research Facility is monitoring of air quality and other environmental parameters. The monitoring system collects air quality data such as: NOx, CO, O3 and radioactive gamma radiation. It also monitors and collects environmental parameters such as: air temperature, humidity, air pressure, intensity of solar radiation and amount of rainfall. Data from measurement stations are automatically controlled, stored and transmitted in real time to the system for archiving, presenting and distributing of environmental information.