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HelioClim-3 solar radiation database services available in annual subscriptions

Introduction to HelioClim-3 database

HelioClim-3 is a satellite-derived solar radiation database

Spatial resolution and coverage Temporal coverage Temporal resolution Radiation components

1 min up to 1 month from:

Historical time series

Access to HelioClim-3 Archives - Feb. 2004 up to d-1 for version 4 and up to d-2 for version 5 - automatic access and via the SoDa website (optional)

  • "Standard" Annual Subscriptions to access HC3 time series
  • "Automatic-only"
  • "Per request"
Time series for the current day

Access to HC3 version 5 time series for the current day

This service provide HelioClim-3 version 5 time series of satellite-derived solar radiation values for the current day (today). The values are from two different origins/models:

  1. Real time: updated as soon as a new image is available. If you launch the same request 15 min later, the values won't change,
  2. Short-term forecasts: a "persistence model" is applied on the latest irradiation values available to complete the time series until the end of the day. If you launch the same request 15 min later, the values will be modified.
Forecast time series

Access to HelioClim-3 version 5 Artificial Intelligence solar forecast time series for the current day and the tomorrow

This service is based on a machine learning method called Gradient Boosting.

  • Solar radiation components: global, direct, diffuse and reflected irradiation over horizontal, tilted and normal planes
  • Time step of 1, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 minutes
  • Consider the shadowing effect due to far horizon
  • Aerosols and pollution provided by CAMS IFS weather forecast
  • Forecast uncertainties measures

 

Weather services available in automatic access (API) 

 MERRA

Automatic access to MERRA-2 meteorological data (1985 -> a month ago)

Purchase an annual subscription to automatically access MERRA-2 meteorological data, from 1980 up to about a month ago.

GFS

Automatic access to GFS meteorological data (a month ago -> current day + 3)

Purchase an annual subscription to automatically access GFS forecasts 0.25° meteorological data, from about a month ago up to current day + 3 days

 

 

 

Solar radiation time series and volume of data available on-demand

HelioClim-3 solar radiation database

Provision of one, a few, or of a large volume of HelioClim-3 version 5 time series

Please specify :

  • the latitude and longitude values with at least 4 digits after comma,
  • the HC3 version (default is version 5),
  • the time step,
  • the temporal coverage (from Feb. 2004 onwards),
  • the radiation component and plane orientation,
  • the output format (default is CSV, can be HDF5 for large volume)
  • If you need the Meteo data as well in the same output file (temperature, wind...)

NB: For more than 5 time series, it is usually more economic to opt for an annual subscription.

Other options:

  • Discard glitter
  • PVsyst or SAM compatible
  • Backtracking

Example of Backtracking: North-South horizontal one axis system, taking into account the following limitations:

  • Maximum tilt angle = +/- 60°
  • A "simple" backtracking option as follows:
    • At sunrise/sunset, tilt angle is +/- 20°
    • Tilt angle increase linearly from 20 to  60° when the sun elevation angle moves from 0 to 30° in the morning  and decreases from 60 to 20° when the sun elevation angle moves  from 30 to 0° in the evening

Zip compressed sample  HC3v5Meteo time series over Carpentras

Solar radiation under clear-sky conditions:

McClear fix-tilted service

Provision of one, a few, or of a large volume of McClear clear sky radiation values over a fix-tilted surface

 Ask for time series in CSV format of McClear clear sky values containing all the radiation components over a fix-tilted and the horizontal plane. It can be used as an envelop for monitoring applications. Please specify :

  • the latitude and longitude values with at least 4 digits after comma,
  • the time step,
  • the temporal coverage (from Jan. 2004 onwards),
  • the plane orientation

NB: McClear radiation values over a horizontal plane and DNI are available for free via this Web interface within the framework of the CAMS project. A small fee is applied to computed the values over a fix-tilted plane. Prices on request.

Zip compressed sample  HC3v5Meteo time series over Carpentras

 

 

Typical Meteorological Year on-demand

TMY provision

Provision of one, a few, or a large number of Typical Meteorological Years (pessimistic P90 or typical P50 scenario) at hourly time step

TMYs, are generated from the satellite-derived solar radiation database HelioClim-3 and from the MERRA-2 meteorological parameters. Please specify:

  • the output format (PVsyst or SAM)
  • the solar technology for which the TMY will be used for (to define our "driver")
  • precise as well if you wish to receive the long term HelioClim-3 time series for this location

 

 

Problems with your in-situ measurements?

Check and correct your data

You are facing issues in the measurements with your instrument? You would like to check if your instrument is correctly calibrated? You are observing time shifts in your time series?

This service is the opportunity for you to get the best of your data =>

Data completion

Do you have gaps in your data?

Our routines are capable of completing any time series of solar radiation values (satellite-derived or in-situ measurements), as well as the meteorological variables time series containing holes.

 

 

Calibration of long term HC3 time series using in-situ measurements

In-situ measurements

An expertise is provided to offer you a better knowledge on the quality of your in-situ measurements. A NDA is signed. An example of Quality Check report is included in the Calibration report (see below).

Please also try our SoDa online interface to check the quality of your measurements =>

 

Calibration

This service delivers a complete report on the quality (QC, which stands for Quality Check) of the in-situ measurements, together with the calibration results of the long term HelioClim-3 (version 5) time series with the short term time series of in-situ measurements.

Quality check and calibration result report over the city of Carpentras =>

Calibration report

 

 

Map services

Maps services

We provide average and real-time maps over the region of your choice:

  • HelioClim-3 solar radiation maps at real meteorological conditions (with clouds) over the Meteosat-11 satellite coverage
  • McClear solar radiation maps at clear-sky conditions (without clouds) over the world​​
  • Top of atmosphere (ToA) solar radiation maps over the world
  • HelioClim-3 Ultraviolet radiation and UV index maps at real meteorological conditions (with clouds) over the Meteosat-11 satellite coverage​
  • Meterological maps over the world (from MERRA-2 and GFS Forecast services)
  • Atmosphere composition maps over the world:
    • Aerosols Optical Depth
    • Water vapor
    • Ozone (O3)

Maps services

 

 

Analysis of dust deposition / Soiling

Dust / soiling analysis

Provision of Dust / Soiling analysis report

Find on the right hand side an example of report on the site of Hafr al Batin (KSA).

Example of Dust analysis report