Management and Exploitation of Solar Resource Knowledge  




Work packages

The work in coordination is specified in four work packages according to the four major objectives of the project. Each work package will focus on one of these objectives


WP 1 Guiding

The first work package focuses on the guidance of commercial and scientific users. It starts with WP 1.1 which will collect high quality ground data as a reference and will lead to a comprehensive evaluation of all the currently available data sets. WP 1.1 is the largest WP in the project, therefore it is divided into the sub work packages WP 1.1.1 and WP 1.1.2. WP 1.2 will take the results and answers of the user survey in WP 4 to develop a problem oriented guide for the use of solar resource data. Major deliverable will be a handbook on guidance and best practices in solar resource assessment and the use of the data. WP 1.3 will develop a roadmap for future services and research to better fulfill the demands of the users.

WP 2 Unifying

The second work package will ease access to the resource data (WP 2). The preliminary works of the international projects Satel-light, SoDa, SWERA and PVGIS will be the basis for the development of web technologies. Standards and Open Source software will be used as much as possible. All available data bases will described by a common set of metadata. These metadata will be used by a web middleware (a broker). The broker will serve as a standard user interface giving standardized data to the user. It will be developed according to specifications derived from stakeholders (see WP 4) and will be assessed by users before final improvements.

WP 3 Connecting

The block Connecting links the project to other relevant initiatives in the field of solar energy resource and geo information. This will be done by WP 3. The connection to INSPIRE initiative will ensure to use the standards used by all geographical information providers. This project will serve as a test bed for the INSPIRE initiative. Other relevant initiatives will be the "NASA's POWER project" project, the GMESinitiatives by the European Commission, the GEOSS initiative and the relevant Implementing Agreements of the International Energy Agency (IEA), especially to the Implementing Agreements "Solar Heating and Cooling" (SHC), "Photovoltaic Power Systems" (PVPS) and "Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems" (SolarPaces).

GEOSS (Global Earth Observation Systems of Systems) will be a combination of existing and future systems of earth observation. It aims at the coordination of earth observations and the process was started at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. GEO is the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations which carries out the current 10 year implementation plan of GEOSS. GMES (Global monitoring for Environment and Security) is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Space Agency. It aims at the design and establishment of a European capacity for the provision and use of operational earth observation services for environment and security. GMES is the European contribution to GEOSS.

The project POWER (Prediction of Worldwide Energy Resources) is sponsored by NASA's Applied Sciences Program and is regarded as a contribution of the US to GEOSS. Connecting the project to NASA's POWER project improves European access to US data sources and scientific collaboration. POWER itself is interconnected to the World Climate Research Program's (WCRP) projects "Surface Radiation Budget" (SRB) and the "Radiative Flux Assessment" (RFA) of the WCRP Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX).

The IEA Implementing Agreements "Solar Heating and Cooling" (SHC), "Photovoltaic Power Systems" (PVPS) and "Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems" (SolarPACES) have recognized the need for a better knowledge on solar resource knowledges and have acknowledged the collaborative Task "Solar Resource Management". The task focuses on the development, validation, and access to solar resource information worldwide derived from surface-based measurements and satellite-based instruments and numerical weather and climate models. This project will strengthen the European influence on the task.

Solar resource information is used in many scientific domains; WP 3 will link to the scientific communities in energy, meteorology, geography, medicine and ecology to better disseminate the outcomes of the project and create multi-disciplinary synergy.

WP 4 Stakeholder Involvement and Dissemination

The fourth work package focuses on user involvement and on the dissemination of the outcomes to the broad outside. WP 4 will involve the relevant stakeholders by forming a MESoR stakeholder secretariat, in workshop surveys. Stakeholders will gauge the prototype of service developed in WP 2 and their feedbacks will lead to improvements. As a whole, WP 4 will irrigate the other WPs by feedbacks from stakeholders. The WP will broadly disseminate the results of this project and of the results of earlier projects. Public international workshops addressing stakeholders from industry but also other communities will be held during the project duration, usually in conjunction with annual project meetings. It is intended to organize these workshops along with major solar conferences. The conferences could be the ISES Solar World Congress 2007 in Beijing, the Eurosun 2008, the solar trade fair intersolar in 2007 in Freiburg and 2008 (possibly in Stuttgart). The decision which conferences and trade fairs will be attended will be made by the steering committee and depends on the project time table in relation to the conference dates. There will be at least to user work shops at month 18 and 22. The results of the project will also presented at other major conferences as a result of WP 3 Connecting. Every partner has a budget for conference travels to disseminate the results of MESoR at different conferences. Additional national workshops can also be organised by participants using the information gathered during workshops and the material produced by the project. All participants shall present and discuss the results at scientific conferences and publish them in conference proceedings and peer-reviewed journals. - contact: carsten.hoyer-klick AT © DLR 2010