Posts tagged solar

Satellite-derived irradiance maps

Satellite-derived irradiance data has several benefits over ground-measured irradiance despite its lower accuracy. The main advantages include a large geographical coverage (continents), long-timespan (multiple decades), and low cost.

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Overview of solar radiation monitoring stations

Ground measured solar irradiance data is extremely valuable and critical for benchmarking solar radiation products and understanding the long-term trend in the radiation budget. However, there are only a few hundred high-quality stations globally due to high costs and maintenance requirements. Currently, it is difficult to identify where the nearest solar radiation station is located, as there is no overview of stations worldwide. In this blog, I suggest solving this issue by creating a simple catalog/database of available high-quality radiation stations.

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Summary of Google Summer of Code with pvlib

The coding period of this year’s Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is officially over, and it’s time to take a step back and evaluate the experience. For those of you who might not know, I’ve been working on extending pvlib’s iotools for the past 10 weeks, which I described in this blog post.

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pvlib - a one-stop source for solar resource data

This title at least represents the aim of my Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project that I will be completing during the next 10 weeks. In short, I’ll be extending pvlib python’s current iotools functionalities to provide users with easy and standardized access to all major open-source solar resource databases. gsoc and pvlib logo

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