IEA SHC Task 46: Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting
- Task 46 addresses four basic objectives in improving our understanding of solar resources:
- Evaluation of solar resource variability that impacts large penetrations of solar technologies;
- standardization and integrating procedures for data bankability;
- improving procedures for short-term solar resource forecasting;
- advanced solar resource modeling procedures based on physical principles.
WIRE: Weather Intelligence for Renewable Energies
Proper and specific forecasting of 'energy weather' for the next minutes up to several days ahead is a key component for successfull operation of solar power plants. WIRE action has two main lines of activity:
- Develop dedicated post-processing algorithms coupled with weather prediction models and measurement data especially remote sensing observations;
- Investigate the difficult relationship between the highly intermittent weather dependent power production and the energy distribution towards end users.
IEA SHC Task 36
International Energy Agency (IEA), Collaborative Agreement on Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Task 36 "Solar Resource Knowledge Management". Task 36 develops benchmarking and quality assessment procedures of solar resource information derived from surface-based and satellite-based platforms; it improves access by the users through various web-based hosting schemes, and improves input data sets and algorithms from which satellite-derived products are produced, including short term forecasting and climatic variability of the solar resource.
Management and Exploitation of Solar Resource Knowledge (MESoR) is a Collaborative Action within 6th Framework Programme of the European Union. The activities focus on: guiding the users of solar radiation data, unifying access to the existing databases by the advance information infrastructure, connecting to the other relevant activities, and the dissemination of knowledge. Experts from GeoModel Solar have participated on the project during their stay at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy).
Support from Slovak research and development agency for development of geoinformation services for solar energy industry. Activities focus on improvement of planning and monitoring tools.
See our published results from this collaboration.
climate data and interactive maps,
site selection, PV planning and
PV performance assessment
historical, near-real time
and forecast wheather data
for solar energy technologies
services for photovoltaics
and solar thermal energy
solar and PV potential of roofs
in urban and industrial zones
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