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Wind Field and Solar Radiation Characterization and Forecasting

A Numerical Approach for Complex Terrain

  • Richard Perez

Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Analysis and Characterization of Geographical and Meteorological Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Javier Calvo Sánchez, Gema Morales Martín, Jesús Polo
      Pages 3-39
    3. Gustavo Montero, Eduardo Rodríguez, Albert Oliver
      Pages 41-63
    4. J. Manuel Cascón , José María Escobar, Rafael Montenegro
      Pages 65-85
  3. Wind Field Diagnostic and Forecasting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Eduardo Rodríguez, Gustavo Montero, Albert Oliver
      Pages 89-111
    3. Javier Calvo Sánchez, Gema Morales Martín
      Pages 113-127
    4. Albert Oliver, Eduardo Rodríguez, Luis Mazorra-Aguiar
      Pages 129-145
  4. Solar Radiation Diagnostic and Forecasting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Richard Perez, Philippe Lauret, Marc Perez, Mathieu David, Thomas E. Hoff, Sergey Kivalov
      Pages 149-170
    3. Luis Mazorra-Aguiar, Felipe Díaz
      Pages 171-200
    4. Mathieu David, Philippe Lauret
      Pages 201-227
    5. Felipe Díaz, Gustavo Montero, Luis Mazorra-Aguiar
      Pages 229-257

About this book


In addition to describing core concepts and principles, this book reveals professional methodologies and tools used by national agencies and private corporations to predict sites’ potential for wind and solar power generation. Each chapter focuses on a different issue, showing readers the corresponding methodology, as well as examples of how to apply the techniques described. These techniques are explained with step-by-step guides that demonstrate how environmental variables in complex terrains can be characterized and forecasted.
The authors present an adaptive finite element mass-consistent model, which computes a diagnostic wind field in the three-dimensional area of interest using observed wind data from measurement stations – data which is then interpolated using a physical model of the wind field in the boundary layer. An ensemble method is presented based on the perturbation of the numerical weather prediction models’ results. 

The book goes on to explain solar radiation characterization and forecasting. Solar radiation and electrical power generation temporal and spatial variability are discussed and modelled. Different statistical methods are presented in order to improve solar radiation forecasting using ground measurement, numerical weather predictions (NWPs) and satellite-derived data. This book is focused on both probabilistic and point forecast explaining different models and methodologies to improve the forecasting. The results obtained from various simulations around the world are presented in tables. Finally, the book explains a possible methodology to develop a Solar Map taking into account solar radiation, terrain surface conditions and cast shadows.

As such, the book provides an overview of the concepts, principles and practices involved in the treatment of environmental variables related to solar radiation or wind fields, especially when complex terrains are involved, offering useful resources for students and researchers alike. It also equips professionals with the methodologies and tools needed to construct environmental variable maps and conduct forecasting for solar radiation and wind fields.


Analysis and Characterization of Meteorological Data Solar Radiation Forecasting Wind Field Forecasting Energy Resources Maps Terrain Discretization

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Perez
    • 1
  1. 1.Atmospheric Sciences Research CenterState University of New YorkAlbanyUSA

About the editors

Richard Pérez directs solar energy research at U. Albany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. He sits on the Advisory Board of George Washington University’s Solar Institute and has served multiple terms on the board of the American Solar Energy Society and as an associate editor of Solar Energy Journal. He has produced over 250 journal articles, book chapters and conference papers.

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