Germany: The International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, and the German Aerospace Center, DLR, launched the first global atlas for solar and wind energy at the clean energy ministerial forum in London. The atlas provides open access to information about where solar and wind energy can best be exploited, and is set to accelerate the development of renewable energy sources.
Decision makers and investors can use this atlas to understand the potential of solar and wind energy at any location in the world. The atlas is a database that combines all existing information into one easy-to-use portal. The result is a freely accessible database for making better use of solar and wind power that allows investors to better assess the use of renewable energies in different sites. Politicians and scientists can draw on the extensive data available to develop effective measures to promote and launch new technologies on the market.
The initiative is being coordinated by IRENA, based in Abu Dhabi and Bonn, and the Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment Department at the DLR Institute of Technical Thermodynamics. DLR contributed towards the development of the atlas by providing remote sensing data and developing the web portal for the geographical data.
“The atlas constitutes an important database for any country wanting to make better use of its energy potential,” said Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board. “Satellite exploration of the relevant resources and the interpretation and provision of data in a web portal is an excellent example of the use of synergies at DLR. Here, spaceflight and energy researchers are collaborating on an important service to improve global energy supply,” he added.
Solar radiation and wind are the main sources of renewable energy. Understanding where and when they are available is essential for their effective exploitation. “In many parts of the world this information is still very scarce. We want to make this data available with the global atlas. If we succeed in adapting support mechanisms more precisely to the locally available solar radiation or wind conditions, and so increase investment in renewable energies, this will be a big success for the global atlas for solar and wind energy,” noted Carsten Hoyer-Klick, project leader for the atlas at DLR.