|Solar Resource Assessment Workshop
October 29 - 30, 2008
|About the Workshop|
On October 29-30, NREL hosted a Solar Resource Workshop in Denver to
present the current state-of-the-art in resource modeling to
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) developers and other stakeholders.
Accurate assessment of solar irradiance is essential for siting solar
power plants and rapid data collection and analysis are key to
calculating and forecasting system performance.
The scope of the program's resource assessment activities include onsite solar monitoring, solar resource estimates derived from satellite information, solar resource forecasting, and prediction of long-term solar variability. A key focus of this work is to establish the uncertainty bounds of these data and products. The objectives of the meeting were to help resource assessment staff better understand industry needs for solar data, present and explain the scope and limitations of current data sets and tools, present FY09 plans for resource assessment R&D, and obtain industry feedback on the value of these plans and suggestions where changes and modifications should be made.
The Workshop was attended by over 60 interested stakeholders. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with the following items noted as industry priorities:
|Presentations from the Workshop|
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