Solar Resource Assessment from Geostationary Satellites
The National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) is perhaps the most widely used public solar radiation database in the world. Providing wide public access to high-quality, long-term solar resource datasets for the US reduces barriers to penetration of solar on the grid by allowing users to accurately predict the output from solar installations and verifying performance. The NSRDB Data and products provide critical information to at least $20 million of SETO projects annually such as SunShot Vision Study, Renewable Electricity Futures Report, Renewable Energy Technical Potentials Report, Resource Planning Model and Solar Integration Studies (SIND, WWSIS, ERGIS). The dataset is derived using a physics based approach that considers the radiation received at the satellite and create retrievals to estimate clouds and surface radiation. This dataset contains half hourly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI), Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) and Diffuse Horizontal Irradiance (DHI) for 1998-2014. In addition this datasets also contains additional atmospheric parameters such as temperature, humidity, wind speed and wind direction. This project seeks to continue to create the next-generation of satellite based solar resource datasets to update the NSRDB with current years.
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