The New Solar Resource Handbook
In spring 2021 the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS) Task 16 released the Third Edition of the “Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications".
This Forum will introduce attendees to the contents of the third edition with a focus on how users of the Handbook can gain the maximum benefit of its contents.
A brief overview of the Handbook will be provided, followed by presentations from several chapter authors on the information contained in the respective chapters and how best to make use of this information.
Jan Remund has a background of Geography and Climatology and works since more than 20 years at the SME Meteotest in Berne, Switzerland. He is the project lead of global solar radiation database Meteonorm and the operating agent of the IEA PVPS Task 16 since 2017.
Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Wilbert leads the research group “Solar Energy Meteorology” at DLR’s Institute of Solar Research in Almería, Spain. He has 15 years of experience in the field of meteorological measurements and models for solar energy applications, forecasting and solar power plant simulation. Mr. Wilbert acts as sub task and activity leader in the International Energy Agency’s PV Power Systems task on solar resources and forecasting.
Dr. Gueymard is currently president of Solar Consulting Services. He has been active in solar energy applications for 45+ years and developed an internationally recognized expertise in the fields of solar resource assessment, solar radiation modelling, radiometry, and their applications for energy production with various types of solar energy systems.
Robert Höller has a PhD in energy science and a master degree in physics. He has specialized in renewable energy, in particular solar and wind energy, and has more than 20 years of professional experience both as a researcher in energy science and atmospheric aerosol physics, as well as a renewable energy project engineer.
Dr. Manajit Sengupta is currently Chief Scientist in Predictive Analytics and Sensing at NREL and leads research in the areas of solar resource assessment, solar forecasting and PV Variability. He has 25 years of experience in atmospheric modeling, assimilation and observational analysis and he is an expert in remote sensing, forecasting and analysis of clouds and solar radiation. Dr. Sengupta was a member of the GOES-R science team responsible for creating products for the next- generation of NOAA’s operational weather satellite. He has also led research, as part of DOE’s Climate Change Program, to study the impact of clouds on surface radiation.
Dr. Elke Lorenz is a physicist and heads the Energy Meteorology group at Fraunhofer ISE since 2016. Before she worked in the solar energy meteorology group of the University of Oldenburg for more than 15 years, starting with her PhD on satellite-based solar irradiance forecasting and heading the group from 2011-2016. Her research focus is on PV power forecasting and solar irradiance modelling. She has managed many national and international research projects. She led the subtasks on ‘Solar Irradiance Forecasting” in the IEA Tasks on solar resource assessment (IEA SHC Tasks 36 and 46, IEA PVPS Task 16).