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Solar resource mapping in the Maldives : model validation report (English)

This model validation report presents results of preliminary validation of solar resource and meteorological modelled data, within phase one of the project renewable energy resource mapping for the Republic of the Maldives. This part of the project focuses on solar resource mapping and measurement services as part of a technical assistance in the renewable energy development implemented by the World Bank in Maldives. It is being undertaken in close coordination with the ministry of environment and energy (MEE) of Maldives, the World Bank’s primary country counterpart for this project. The objective of this report is to document validation of solar resources calculated by satellite-based model SolarGIS and validation of meteorological data derived from the numerical weather model climate forecast system reanalysis (CFSR) and climate forecast system version two (CFSv2). Chapter one gives summary. Chapter two focuses on model quality indicators. Inventory in chapter three identifies the existing data sources in the region: solar, aerosol, and meteorological data. Aerosol data from the second monitoring atmospheric composition and climate (MACC)-II model is evaluated in chapter four. Chapter five shows relative comparison of SolarGIS global horizontal irradiation (GHI) and direct normal irradiation (DNI) to other modelled databases. This chapter includes also the validation of SolarGIS in respect to solar resource measurements available in tropical climate of Asia. Chapter six shows validation of meteorological parameters that are delivered in the form of site-specific data sets and maps. Chapter seven summarizes validation results in the interim estimate of uncertainty.


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Solar resource mapping in the Maldives : model validation report (English). ESMAP paper Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.