NASA Maps Reveal Solar Intensity Levels Around the Globe

The Los Angeles Times reported that satellite data collected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is being used as a guide to develop solar energy. Maps compiled by U.S. and European satellites can locate the world’s sunniest spots and, more specifically, the locations most ideal for solar generation. For instance, satellite mapping unveils that the Sahara region in southeast Niger soaks up the most solar energy on land. A patch of ocean in the mid-Pacific received even higher levels of solar energy per square meter per day at 6.92 kilowatt hours compared to the Sahara’s 6.78. These NASA maps could help guide billions of dollars in worldwide solar investments. In undeveloped parts of the world, data on solar measurements is sparse, so the maps provide practical as well as valuable information. The maps may also help determine where standalone solar systems would work well in locations that don’t have access to grid-connected power. Furthermore, satellite maps have already been used to assess solar applications. According to the article, Portuguese company Net Plan used satellite data to evaluate the number of solar panels that would be required to power a remote relay station for phone signals. This enabled the company to remove backup diesel power altogether. Links:

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