EMHIRES applies an innovative approach trying to reproduce wind and solar power time series at both national and regional levels covering the whole Europe with a homogeneous methodology avoiding the use of artificial or on-purpose tuned correction factors. EMHIRES is able to capture the variability of wind and solar energy, in particular peaks and ramps, in a much more accurate way than previous meteorologically derived time series. The purpose is to develop an ab-initio methodology for wind and solar power production simulation and apply homogeneously to all Europe. The methodology has provided results ranging between good and excellent for all countries for which reliable TSOs data are available, regardless their sometimes huge geographical diversity. Using EMHIRES for power system analysis will increase the accuracy of generation adequacy assessments, renewable energy integration studies and market studies for flexibility technologies such as storage. This report details the second part of EMHIRES, covering solar energy production.
Launched in 2013, IRENA’s Global Atlas for Renewable Energy is an initiative aimed at facilitating access to data, analysis, and tools for assessing renewable energy resource potentials. The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy is a web platform that allows its users to find maps of renewable energy resources for locations across the world. Users can access maps via an online platform that presents data graphically in a map-based format. The Global Atlas contains maps for solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and marine energy. The online platform also includes a number of integrated tools that allow users to, for example, generate wind statistics, estimate the electrical output of a proposed solar PV project, or view solar time series data.
The Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS) is developed and maintained by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. It provides a set of free online interactive tools and solar data and maps covering Europe, Africa and several Asian countries.
Available interactive tools allow for the assessment of:
Grid-connected PV systems
Sun-tracking grid-connected PV systems
Off-grid PV systems
Monthly, daily, hourly solar radiation data, etc.
The Global Solar Atlas supports solar power development in the phases of exploration, prospection, site selection and pre-feasibility evaluation. The aim of this Global Solar Atlas is to provide quick and easy access to solar resource data globally through GIS layers and poster maps at global, regional and country level. The Atlas provides long-term averages of solar resource (global, diffuse and direct normal), the principal climate phenomena that determines solar power generation.
The Renewable Energy Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has been involved in research on estimating the solar resource and mapping the geographical variability of solar irradiation and solar energy system performance. This research has produced digital maps describing the performance of PV systems of various types. Some of these data are available online in this webpage.
A set of computational tools and climatic data, named PVMAPS, which allows to calculate solar radiation and photovoltaic system power on inclined and/or sun-tracking surfaces over large geographical areas at arbitrarily high spatial resolution. Calculations of solar radiation and photovoltaic performance are done using validated models published in the scientific literature. The software has been implemented as modules in open-source Geographical Information System (GIS). The accompanying data set includes information about elevation, horizon height, average temperatures, solar radiation (direct and diffuse components) as well as data to calculate the effects of wind and spectral variations on PV performance. The geographical extent of the data at present includes Europe, Africa and most of Asia. All tools and data are freely available at no cost.
This report presents sales and impact data covering July 1 to December 31, 2017, reflecting the performance of 67 affiliates working in this vibrant sector. Moreover, data is currently collected only on Pico-PV products and Solar Home System (SHS) kits. This data report offers a uniquely detailed and robust snapshot of the development of the sector. The sales data collected for the present report seems to confirm that the market is back on a solid growth path, especially in the Pico-PV segment, mainly due to localized shocks in several key markets such as the demonetization in India and the drought across East Africa.
‘Powering Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Off-grid Solar’ provides powerful insights into the benefits of off-grid solar power. This research provides quantifiable evidence that, for a majority of households, solar home systems are being used to power enterprise and unlock working hours – with many reporting an immediate increase in income.
This iteration of the Market Trends Report reviews the evolution in the preceding years around six topic areas: market fundamentals, sales, the competitive landscape, finance, the enabling environment, and impact. It then provides projections on likely trends in the market for the coming five years, and provides a blueprint for how actors in this market can be competitive.
The IRENA’s regular PV cost and competitiveness indicators will highlight the growing competitiveness of rooftop solar PV and its potential to economically meet the electricity needs of households in different markets, as well as its potentially disruptive nature for utilities. Also, compares solar PV costs to electricity rates. The aim is to help policy makers track the rapid improvements in the competitiveness of renewables.
This report aims to provide up-to-date, verified data on the range of costs and performance of solar PV in Africa for SHS, mini-grids (hybrid or 100% PV) and utility-scale projects, provide an analysis of the current cost structure of solar PV systems, identify best practice cost levels and structures in different market segments and increase solar PV technologies as an option for grid supply and as a means of accelerating electrification in Africa.
The goal of the report is to give an overview of the general trends, to highlight special applications and outstanding projects and to document the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide. Furthermore, it is the goal to ascertain the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these sys tems.
The goal of the report is to give an overview of the general trends, to high light special applications and outstanding projects and to document the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide. Fur thermore, it is the goal to ascertain the contribution of solar thermal systems to the supply of energy and the CO2 emissions avoided as a result of operating these systems.
This report compares the levelised cost of PV electricity (PV LCOE) with retail electricity prices in different European countries and market segments. The report shows that PV electricity is already cheaper than retail electricity in all market segments and with all realistic interest rates in many European countries like Italy, Germany, the UK, Spain, Portugal and Greece.
This report presents a market survey of Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) modules and a classification of PVT heat pump systems. Furthermore, a list of barriers and opportunities will be presented as perceived by a wide range of stakeholders in the Netherlands.
This report aims to provide up-to-date, verified data on the range of costs, recent technology trends, projections of the cost reduction potentials and performance of solar PV, CSP and onshore and offshore wind power generation technologies and support the government with the latest data about the expected cost reduction potential of these technologies.
This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, for both grid connected and off-grid systems. The outcome includes high resolution maps (1 km resolution) indicating suitable areas for solar and wind energy projects on land, taking account of resource intensity, distance to power grids, population density, land cover, topography, altitude and protected areas.
This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in Latin America, for both grid connected and off-grid systems. The outcome includes high resolution maps (1 km resolution) indicating suitable areas for solar and wind energy projects on land, taking account of resource intensity, distance to power grids, population density, land cover, topography, altitude and protected areas.
This article aims at the different types of solar panels, indicating the efficiency and the electricity production for each of them. Also, the trends of solar panels prices in the last decade are presented with a forecast scenario until 2022.
This guide aims at promoting solar water heating (SWH) systems to architects and builders from developing countries and help them consider integrating SWH applications in their designs. Intending to be a useful handbook, this “Quick Guide” provides a compact overview of the technology and its main characteristics; as well as the main requirements to be considered for its application in different types of projects and in different geographical locations.
This webinar will give practioners the first hands-on information on the design of RES auctions. Here, we will go through the selecting of adequate auction formats and pricing rules for RES auctions. We base our recommendations on the ongoing theoretical and experimental analysis work currently undertaken by auction experts in the AURES project. We will show how the selection of the appropriate design depends on specific policy goals and market conditions in a country. We also present how certain designs may score in terms of different success criteria (such as effectiveness, efficiency, socio-political feasibility and more), and what trade-offs and synergies may arise between criteria.
This report provides an operational analysis of 2030 that includes spatially disaggregated, hourly commitment and dispatch modeling. Our modeling includes constraints on transmission, unit-specific costs and operating constraints, and hourly, weekly and seasonal inter-temporal constraints that have not been previously analyzed.
This latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report presents sales and impact data for July to December 2018, reflecting the performance of 84 companies, which are GOGLA members and companies that sell Lighting Global quality-verified products. This report provides sales data for solar lanterns, multi-light systems and solar home systems (SHS) in 46 countries.
This report provides insights into the social and economic impact of off-grid solar. It follows the “Powering Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Off-Grid Solar” report which highlighted the domino effect solar home systems (SHS) are having on household economic activity, creating income and improving quality of life. This latest report confirms those findings, sheds new light on how this impact evolves over time, and explores how economic activity equates to full time equivalent (FTE) employment.
Ce site permet aux utilisateurs de surveiller leurs installations photovoltaïque, vérifier les devis d'installation et d'estimer leur production photovoltaïque. Il contient aussi une base de données comportant les statistiques sur le photovoltaïque telles que la production par région, une carte interactive des installations existantes par région ou département, par installateur, par panneaux ou par onduleurs.
Cet outil accessible gratuitement permet de comparer différents modes de valorisation de l’électricité photovoltaïque, afin de vérifier les hypothèses d’une offre commerciale et opérer un choix éclairé entre vente de la totalité, vente du surplus et autoconsommation sans vente. Il offre aux porteurs de projet, surtout non sachants, un aperçu de l’équilibre économique d’une installation photovoltaïque. Il permet aussi aux professionnels de mieux conseiller leurs clients sur le choix à faire entre les différents modèles de financement et de raccordement.