Solar Resources Mapping

Fundamentals and Applications

  • Jesús Polo
  • Luis Martín-Pomares
  • Antonio Sanfilippo

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jesús Polo, Luis Martín-Pomares, Christian A. Gueymard, José L. Balenzategui, Fernando Fabero, José P. Silva
    Pages 1-14
  3. José L. Balenzategui, Fernando Fabero, José P. Silva
    Pages 15-69
  4. José P. Silva, José L. Balenzategui, Luis Martín-Pomares, Stefan Wilbert, Jesús Polo
    Pages 99-135
  5. Christian A. Gueymard
    Pages 137-182
  6. Jesús Polo, Richard Perez
    Pages 183-197
  7. Pedro A. Jiménez, Jared A. Lee, Branko Kosovic, Sue Ellen Haupt
    Pages 199-219
  8. Ana M. Martín, Javier Dominguez
    Pages 221-242
  9. Jesús Polo, Luis Martín-Pomares
    Pages 243-252
  10. Luis Martín-Pomares, Martín Gastón Romeo, Jesús Polo, Laura Frías-Paredes, Carlos Fernández-Peruchena
    Pages 253-281
  11. Jesús Polo
    Pages 283-300
  12. Islam Safak Bayram
    Pages 313-325
  13. Patricia Palenzuela, Diego C. Alarcón-Padilla
    Pages 327-340
  14. Alejandro Cabrera, Sara Miralles, Lucas Santos-Juanes
    Pages 341-351
  15. Antonio Sanfilippo
    Pages 353-367

About this book


This book presents methods for optimising the spatial and network configuration of solar radiation measuring stations. Various physical and mathematical models are demonstrated, which together with high quality measurements, provide the essential tools to generate and validate solar resource estimates to improve the mapping of solar resources.

Each chapter deals with a specific topic, showing its methodology, and providing examples of how to apply these techniques with reference to current projects around the world. These topics include:

·         Radiometric measurement campaigns;
·         Equipment calibration, installation, operation, and maintenance;
·         Data quality assurance and assessment;
·         Solar radiation modelling from satellite images and numerical models;
·         Downscaling and kriging interpolation of solar radiation;
·         Simulation of electric solar power plant generation;
·         Solar radiation forecasting;
·         Applications of solar energy; and
·         Socio-economic benefits of solar energy.

The contributors present the statistical and physical models needed to derive solar radiation from satellite images and numerical models, emphasising the importance of measuring solar radiation accurately. They also show the classical models used to generate synthetic data, clear sky models and ancillary air quality and meteorological data from different input sources.

Solar Resources Mapping provides industry professionals with methodologies and tools to build solar irradiance maps for different applications. The book will also benefit students and researchers as it serves as a main technical reference, presenting the basic terminology and fundamentals for solar resource mapping that include methods for assessing measurement uncertainty.


Solar Radiation Measurements Solar Radiation Modeling Solar Radiation Mapping Solar Power Plant Simulation Site Adaptation of Ground Measurements and Modeled Data Solar Mapping Solar Monitoring Stations Solar Resource Assessment

Editors and affiliations

  • Jesús Polo
    • 1
  • Luis Martín-Pomares
    • 2
  • Antonio Sanfilippo
    • 3
  1. 1.Photovoltaic Solar Energy UnitRenewable Energy Division of CIEMATMadridSpain
  2. 2.Qatar Environment and Energy Research InstituteHamad Bin Khalifa UniversityDohaQatar
  3. 3.Qatar Environment and Energy Research InstituteHamad Bin Khalifa UniversityDohaQatar

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97483-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97484-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-3537
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