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SODA. Integration and exploitation of networked solar radiation Databases for environment monitoring

Objective

Information about solar radiation is often restricted to very basic data such as annual radiation on horizontal surfaces for large geographical areas. There is a crucial need for more detailed information, for example concerning solar radiation on surfaces that are not horizontal (e.g. - windows of buildings and vineyards). Project SoDa will address needs of users (e.g. in agriculture, the construction industry and research) for quality information on solar radiation parameters by applying a user-driven methodology. A prototype service will be developed that will integrate and efficiently exploit diverse networked information sources to supply value-added information to a selected number of fields. The multi-disciplinary consortium gathers companies and researchers with the necessary expertise in solar radiation as well as from information and communications technologies. Customers and potential users are also represented via the involvement of commercial private vendors of solar radiation databases in addition to representatives of large international and local environmental research and development programmes.

Objectives:
To answer the needs for high quality customer-tailored information on solar radiation;
to integrate diverse sources of information presently available separately within a smart integrating network;
to develop and operate a prototype service, which efficiently exploits the smart network, and which will be used and gauged by selected users;
to increase the quality of the delivered information through improved modelling of time and space structures of the solar radiation, and improved matching to actual customer needs, to disseminate the achievements of the project, and to assess the sustainability of a permanent commercial service.

Work description:
Dissemination and Use Plans;
Prototype service version 1, then 2, made available and tested by customers;
1st and 2nd critical reviews of the project;
Final versions of schemes for improved customer-tailored information;
Final version of the prototype service. Conclusions and recommendations from users;
Expression of benefits and value of the service;
End of project. Final version of the technology implementation plan.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
75272 Paris 6
France

Participants (10)

CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
Germany
Address
Ammerlaender Heerstrasse 114-118
26129 Oldenburg
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
75794 Paris Cedex 16
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES MINES DE PARIS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Italy
Address
Via Fermi 1
21020 Ispra
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
ICONS SRL
Italy
Address
Cascina Cigolina
Castelnuovo Bocca D'adda
METEOTEST
Switzerland
Address
Fabrikstrasse 14
3012 Bern
ORSZAGOS METEOROLOGIAI SZOLGALAT
Hungary
Address
1 Kitaibel Pal Utca
1024 Budapest
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Italy
Address
Via Balbi 5
16126 Genova
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
Manchester