Design, Development and Implementation of a Weather Station Prototype for Renewable Energy Systems

A new weather station based on an Arduino platform has been developed to collect and store ambient temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and air quality data, comparing the obtained data to those obtained using a validation station containing commercial sensors.
Authors: Carlos Morón, Jorge Pablo Diaz, Daniel Ferrández and Pablo Saiz
 
Journal: Energies 2018, 11(9), 2234
 
Publisher: MDPI
 
Abstract
 
The production of energy at the global level is conditioned by the use of fossil fuels that have a great environmental impact. In the last decades, renewable energy production systems have been implemented, and networks of nearly zero-energy buildings have been created, with a consequent complexity in the design phase in order to optimize the results. In this way, electronic prototype development methods like the one that is proposed in this paper improve the tasks of design and modelling. Thus, a new weather station based on an Arduino platform has been developed to collect and store ambient temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and air quality data, comparing the obtained data to those obtained using a validation station containing commercial sensors. The results show how the use of low cost Arduino sensors allow one to obtain similar values to those collected by more professional meteorological stations with insignificant scatter between both technologies.

Photo: Real prototype of weather station and validation station (credits: Carlos Morón, Jorge Pablo Diaz, Daniel Ferrández and Pablo Saiz)

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