real-time solar data Articles

  • Real-time data in the wild

    Background The South African water resource (DWAF) monitoring network belongs to one of the well organized and managed networks world-wide. Well prepared and maintained measurement sites & stations deliver the data base for the water management in the huge territory of South Africa. One main issue of the online data availability is the data transfer from remote stations to the data ...

  • Caltech working to solve the world`s energy problems with the help of inVia

    Fossil fuels are the world's main fuel source for transportation, heating and generating electricity. As a by-product, high levels of CO2 are released into the atmosphere. With the drive for sustainable energy production, a method that generates easily-stored fuel from sunlight—and absorbs CO2—is a very attractive proposition. The California Institute of Technology ...


    By Renishaw plc

  • Radio Solution brings real-time monitoring benefits for water supplier

    Introduction of wireless data collection and analysis improves leak detection and water supply efficiency Companies whose business is the delivery of water to consumers, do not only have a responsibility to provide high quality drinking water to both domestic and industrial users, but also to ensure that it is done so economically and reliably. The WLV association ...

  • Solar`s Time to Rise and Shine.

    Photovoltaic efficiency records are being shattered, thanks to recent advances in materials science. Last month, a researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., loaded a postage stamp–sized solar cell onto a tray and placed it under a high-intensity pulse solar simulator. The simulator flashed a 2.5 millisecond pulse of light, and 19 mirrors reflected the ...


    By Ensia

  • Plan B 4.0 by the numbers - data highlights on solar energy

    Concerns about global warming, rising fossil fuel prices, and oil insecurity have prompted calls for a new energy economy, one that replaces fossil fuels with renewables. The sun is an enormous reservoir of energy; in fact, the sunlight reaching Earth in just one hour is enough to power the global economy for a whole year. Harnessing some of this energy is an essential component of Earth Policy ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Waterquality and meteorological data - Greece

    Background Thesprotia is one of the 51 prefectures in Greece and is located in the North-West of the country, 479 km from the capital Athens. The population of the prefecture is around 46,000 people. In the Pindos-Mountains arises the riverKalamas and empties after 115 km in the bay of Valtos (Ionian Sea). The river has large environmental influence on the area and is also in some areas ...

  • Weather Data for Noise Monitoring

    “Weather conditions are the single largest variable factor in how sound travels over large distances,” says Steve Bilawchuk principal partner and engineer at ACI Acoustical Consultants Inc. “Wind speed and wind direction are of crucial importance.” ACI is an acoustical engineering consulting company based in Alberta, Canada, which uses ...

  • Solar Power 2011 - Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output. Annual PV production has grown nearly 100-fold since 2000, when just 277 megawatts of cells were made.  Newly installed PV also set a record in 2010, as 16,600 megawatts were installed in more than 100 countries.  This brought the total worldwide ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Will natural gas dim solar’s shine?

    As natural gas booms, renewable energy proponents ponder whether it will serve as a bridge or roadblock to photovoltaic power On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United ...


    By Ensia

  • Solar thermal power coming to a boil

    After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development. However, recent increases in energy prices, escalating concerns about global ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • 5 Reasons to Go Solar Today

    Homeowners everywhere are enjoying the cost savings and environmental benefits of solar power.  Going solar has never been easier, and never more popular. So why should you go solar today? Save Money Many homeowners don’t realize the savings they can reap by installing solar panels on their roof.   ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • DNI satellite data truth? - How to handle the difference in values derived from different satellite data providers?

    Technical Top Tip courtesy of Solar Resource Assessment - When it comes to CSP project evaluation, one of the biggest uncertainty factors for the performance is the available Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) at the site. 1. DNI vs. GHI DNI distinguishes significantly from GHI (Global Horizontal Irradiance), which is more applicable for Photovoltaic ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • China’s Solar Panel Production to Double by 2017

    China installed a world record amount of solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity in 2013. While this was the first time the country was the number one installer, China has led all countries in making PV for the better part of a decade. China now accounts for 64 percent of global solar panel ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Dynamic exergetic performance assessment of an integrated solar pond

    In this paper, we present an experimental investigation of the exergetic performance of a solar pond integrated with solar collectors (with a surface area of 2096 m² and a depth of 2 m, and four flat–plate collectors with dimensions of 1.90 m × 0.90 m). A data acquisition device is used to measure and record the temperatures hourly at various locations in the pond. An exergy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • MESIA Unveils Winners of the 2014 Solar Awards

    The Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) unveiled the winners of the 2014 Middle East Solar Awards during a gala ceremony on December 1, 2014. In total, there were twelve trophies that were being contested across several sectors. The awards selection was conducted by an ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • A step in the right direction for solar in the Middle East

    The Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) are taking significant steps towards promoting solar development in the UAE and Middle East after holding its first ever Annual General Meeting. The association has appointed eight members to the board of which comprise several senior level key influencers within the solar community. Members from Siemens, Taylor Wessing, Masdar and Environmena will ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012

    The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly 70 million people at the European level of use. While PV production has become increasingly concentrated in one country—China—the number of ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • The real power behind today’s energy efficiency industry?

    President Barack Obama recently pushed for increased energy efficiency in his State of the Union address. His endorsement is a plus, no argument. But it may not be the federal government that drives the industry’s next growth spurt. Increasingly, the push for clean energy seems to be more grassroots, from the city and community. Consider these significant ...

  • Solar Cell Production Jumps 50 Percent in 2007

    Production of photovoltaics (PV) jumped to 3,800 megawatts worldwide in 2007, up an estimated 50 percent over 2006. At the end of the year, according to preliminary data, cumulative global production stood at 12,400 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million U.S. homes. Growing by an impressive average of 48 percent each year since 2002, PV production has been doubling every two years, making it the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Classification of daily solar irradiation by fractional analysis of 10-min-means of solar irradiance

    This paper deals with fractal analysis of daily solar irradiances measured with a time step of 10 minutes at Golden and Boulder located in Colorado. The aim is to estimate the fractal dimensions in order to perform classification of daily solar irradiances. The estimated fractal dimension and the clearness index KT are used as classification criteria. The results show that these criteria lead to ...


    By Springer

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