Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at the World Leaders’ Summit at the COP26 Climate Conference. ISRO Glasgow has promised the world countries a “Solar Power Calculator Mobile App” capable of identifying the potential of any place to install solar panels.
He said that it would help decide the location of solar energy projects across the globe. He added that it would strengthen the “one sun, one world, one grid” initiative.
This App was developed by the Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad, coming under the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Computation of solar energy potential is essential to select the locations for solar photovoltaic (PV) thermal power plants.
It is a very useful tool for the installation of PV solar panels for tapping solar energy.
Following are the major features of the App:
- The App provides monthly/yearly solar potential (in kWh/m2) and minimum/maximum temperature at any location.
The required location can be keyed in or can be obtained through GPS
- It also displays the location on the satellite image and provides azimuth/elevation angles as well as day length over different time periods in a year.
- It gives monthly and yearly solar potential processed using Indian Geostationary Satellite data (Kalpana-1, INSAT-3D, and INSAT-3DR). It also offers monthly minimum and maximum temperatures to calculate realistic solar potential
- Obstruction of sunlight due to terrain is also calculated using Digital Elevation Model (DEM) The App can be downloaded from the “New and Renewable Energy” section at vedas.sac.gov.in.
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