MetraWeather announces new solar and lightning forecasts at EAEMO 2014


MetraWeather will be exhibiting at Eastern Australia's Energy Markets Outlook (EAEMO) 2014 from the 16–19 September, in Sydney. The conference brings together local and international thought leaders from the energy supply chain, to explore the issues currently facing East Coast energy markets.

The MetraWeather Energy Team will be announcing new weather systems at the conference, including new rapid updates of solar radiation for Australian cities and solar farms, and nationwide lightning forecasts and alerts.

The amount of installed photovoltaic capacity in Australia increased 10-fold between 2009 and 2011, so it is no surprise that Australia is ranked among the world’s top 10 solar countries. Much of this newly installed capacity is in residential areas, and until now the market has had little idea how much is actually being produced at any point in time, due to a lack of real-time telemetry or measurements of solar radiation.

MetraWeather scientists have devised a way to estimate real-time solar radiation and total energy production, by combining a number of different data sources and calibrating their results with robust measured data. 

“We now have quite a good idea of exactly how much solar radiation there is around Australia at any point in time,” said Rob Davis, Consultant Meteorologist at MetraWeather. “This new data is not only helping our clients tune their own models, it is helping us to tune our forecast models and update them more frequently,” added Davis.

Conference attendees can also talk to MetraWeather about the latest developments in lightning detection. Lightning affects all regions and is the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazard experienced each year in Australia, causing an estimated $6-10 million a year in damages. It is a major risk factor for energy infrastructure – not only does it cause damage and outages, but linesmen in the field are statistically more at risk of being struck by lightning. At the conference, MetraWeather will be announcing a set of innovations that will take detection and forecasting of lightning in Australia, to an unprecedented level of precision.

Conference attendees can meet the MetraWeather team at Booth 4 to learn more about these new weather systems and enter a competition to win a bottle of the famous Mackinlay’s Shackleton Blended Malt Whisky. 

View further information on the event here. 

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