Solar Atlas for the Mediterranean

Carsten Hoyer-Klick, Lucien Wald, Lionel Menard, Philippe Blanc, Etienne Wey, Marcel Suri, Tomas Cebecauer, Thomas Huld, Houda Allal, Amel Bida, Maged Mahmoud, Ludger Lorych, Daniel Puig, Marcel Caner, Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt, Christoph Schillings, Thomas Wanderer

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The solar resource is the “fuel” of solar energy applications and its availability is a key economic parameter in system design. Even though the southern and eastern Mediterranean region is served by several commercial data providers, in a public domain, so far only coarse resolution (100 km) data or data with limited temporal coverage is available. For more rapid development of policies and to attract the industrial interest in this region a more enhanced and easy to access free information is needed. The project will bring high resolution (1 km), long term coverage of at least 15 years data on the available solar resources for the region covering the countries Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine National Authority, Mauretania and Turkey. The resource data will be derived from Earth Observation satellite data, based on published and transparent methodologies and the data will be validated with existing ground measurements in the region. The database will be provided by SOLEMI and Helioclim (SoDa) sources - Global Horizontal Irradiation (GHI) and Direct Normal Irradiation (DNI). The data will be made available via a distributed information system which will ensure the ease access to the data. The free access to the data will include historical annual and monthly averages, and more detailed data products and services will remain the domain of commercial data providers. This paper will show the first prototype of the user interface for an easy web access to the solar radiation as well as ancillary geographical data. With the presentation of this paper we aim to encourage potential users to give us feedback on the further development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Solarpaces 2011
Number of pages6
Publication date2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventSolarPACES 2011: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and Chemical Energy Systems - Granada, Spain
Duration: 20 Sept 201123 Sept 2011


ConferenceSolarPACES 2011: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and Chemical Energy Systems

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