Eco-friendly solar power represents a great, unlimited resource and an essential element in a coal-free future. However, not every area is suitable for the development of solar or wind investments.
Before starting the construction, experts have to be fully aware of the region's potential, to decide if their investment can pay for itself in the long term.
A recent innovation, unveiled by GeoModel Solar, a prestigious company offering solar resource data, innovative photovoltaic simulation tools and expert consultancy, during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, will help developers locate the hot spots for solar projects and back only the ones cataloged as potential gold mines.
has launched a revolutionary generation of solar software, iMaps and pvPlanner expected to minimize losses and increase the productivity of the solar industry, helping it gain more popularity in the long term.
and pvPlanner as a part of SolarGIS online system integrate the best-available solar resource database, covering continuous history of 17 years, with the latest scientific knowledge and best practices in solar and photovoltaic simulation," explained Marcel Suri, managing director of GeoModel Solar.
This breakthrough could be successfully used by engineers, architects and basically anyone interested in financially supporting a project relying on solar power. The new tool is available online, on the web-based platform http://solargis.info.
"SolarGIS iMaps provides access to key solar resource parameters with a spatial detail of 250 meters, thus allowing for accurate data query, sites selection and comparison, and informed decision making about the best position for a prospective photovoltaic, concentrated photovoltaic or concentrated solar power project," revealed Suri.
Its developers think that their invention can increase both the profitability of solar projects, while also growing the electricity output.
All in all, it is smart enough to compare sites and establish the best position for a PV array, giving users access to climate and geographic data. It provides all the information people need to take into consideration before putting theory into practice.