Weather station at LUT campus

Weather affects both the energy production and consumption. That is why there is a weather station at LUT campus. See web service at http://www.saapalvelu.fi/lappeenranta for real-time data provided by the campus weather station.

The weather station is part of LUT's Green Campus. The weather station provides detailed information on the local weather such as: temperature, the dew point, wind speed and direction, precipitation, air pressure, humidity, snow conditions, UV radiation and solar radiation intensity, as well as the sunrise and sunset.

In addition, the weather station reports the height of the clouds from the ground, forest fire risk and the length of the day, as well as a great deal of other weather related information. The website presents the weather station data in a versatile manner, using a variety of statistics and graphs.

The site also includes a comprehensive weather forecast. A partner in the project is the Finnish meteorological data company, Suomen Sääpalvelu Oy.

"At first the weather station's data will on the Internet but later on the data will be displayed on info screens located in various parts of the LUT campus", says Green Campus Project Manager Marko Kasurinen.

"It is planned that various consumption data for the university, such as heat energy consumption, will be displayed on the info screens alongside our own solar and wind power production readings. This will allow visitors to see a cause and effect relationship between the weather and energy production."

The Davis VP2 Plus with FARS system is used for the weather station. There is no storm tracker, but the website data is utilised for the nearby Taipalsaari storm-tracking information.

The weather station is installed on the lawn, two meters above the ground. It works completely wireless and is powered by solar panels and batteries. The wind metre also works wirelessly, using the optional wireless transmitter.

The weather station's wind metre is mounted above the treetops, on the roof of the university building, about 20 metres above the ground. It was decided to change then original Davis wind metre for Young's separate ice and snow resistant wind monitor. This provides the best possible metre reliability under all conditions.