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Indian Space Research Org develops app for solar potential

In international news, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an android app for computing the solar energy potential of a given location in any part of the country, Climate Action reported.

The launch was made on Monday 24 April by the ISRO.

Solar potential tool

According to Climate Action, ISRO explained in a statement that the app was developed “at the behest of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy” and is considered a “very useful tool” for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels for tapping solar energy. Read more…

The app provides monthly and annual solar potential data (in kWh/m2) in addition to the minimum and the maximum temperatures at any location to calculate realistic solar potential, the ISRO said.

In addition, it shows the location of a place with satellite data in the background as well as providing “azimuth and elevation angles, and day length over different time periods in a year.”

The obstruction of sunlight due to terrain is also calculated using Digital Elevation Model (DEM), which – with the help of the app – can suggest the optimum angel for solar PV installation, Climate Action reported.

The app uses Indian Geostationary Satellite data (Kalpana- 1, INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR) in order to configure the monthly and yearly solar potential.

Committed to reduced fossil fuels

Climate Action noted: “Under the Paris Agreement, India has committed to increase the share of non-fossil based power generation capacity to 40% of installed electric power capacity by 2030.

“In February 2017, India’s solar power capacity generated a total of 1.355 billion kWh of electricity, according to the Central Electricity Authority of India.”

According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the nation’s solar energy capacity almost doubled in 2016 to 2017 – with a record 5,526MW of new capacity added.

Earlier this year, cleantech consultancy, Mercom Capital Group Llc, said that India’s solar capacity is expected to grow by 9GW in 2017.

India’s recent 750MW solar auction, has attracted bids from 20 global project developers, with a cumulative capacity of 7.5GW, Climate Action reported.

According to media, the Rewa solar park, in the Madhya Pradesh district, will be developed in 3 phases of 250MW each, covering a total of 1,500 hectares.

The first phase is expected to start in July this year with the full project to be complete within six months.

The solar tracking app is available for download at: vedas.sac.gov.in


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.