Free training in solar radiation - session 2016

Last update: Oct. 2015

27-28-29 Jan. 2016 - Sophia-Antipolis

35 participants
Your participation is validated as soon as we receive the payment for the lunches and catering: 40€ HT per day, 100€ for the three days.

Dear Users, welcome to this page dedicated to the fourth session of the training in solar radiation.



        For this new session, we will pay attention to the story of the fictional character Paul. Paul is an engineer at SunnyFlower, a flourishing (and also fictional!) consultancy company in solar energy. He has been charged to build a solar project from the very beginning, from the identification of the most promising and suitable site regarding the solar technology, up to the supervision of the operational phase of the plant.


  • Pr. Lucien Wald, OIE (MINES ParisTech)
  • Dr. Philippe Blanc, OIE (MINES ParisTech)
  • Lionel Ménard, OIE (MINES ParisTech)
  • Dr. Etienne Wey, Transvalor S.A.
  • Dr. Claire Thomas, Transvalor S.A.
  • Dr. Alexandre BOILLEY, Transvalor S.A.
  • Dr. Mathilde MARCHAND, Transvalor S.A.


Wednesday 27th January 2016

09:00 – 09:30      Welcome of the participants    
09:30 – 10:30   Presentation of MINES ParisTech, Transvalor, ARMINES - "Ice breaker", networking  
10:30 – 11:00   Paul carries out a site prospection – Atlas IRENA, SolarMedAtlas, QGIS  
11:00 – 11:30   Coffee break – poster session  
11:30 – 12:30   Site prospection – QGIS tool  
12:30 – 14:00   Lunch  
14:00 – 15:30   Paul first looks for in-situ measurements and instruments – advantages and drawbacks of instruments, recommendations for the installation and maintenance of such devices  
15:30 – 16:00   Coffee break – poster session  
16:00 – 17:30  

Case 1 – The site selected by Paul possesses a measuring station with long-term time series of accurate measurements  

Case 2 – The site selected by Paul is surrounded by several measuring stations  

Case 3 – Paul has set up a measuring station but measurements are of insufficient quality  

Case 4 – Paul has set up a measuring station and measurements are of sufficient quality  

Work practises - different cases of measurement failures  

17:30   Adjourn  day 1  


Thursday 28th January 2016

09:00 – 10:00 Paul envisages to supplement his ground data with meteorological analyses
10:00 – 11:00 Then he wishes to supplement his data with solar irradiation estimation from satellite data – Heliosat-2, HelioClim-3 (part.1)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break – poster session
11:30 – 12:30 Solar irradiation estimation from satellite data (part. 2)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Paul will merge his own measurements with HelioClim-3 estimates - quality assessment of ground measurements, protocol of evaluation between ground and sat data
14:30 – 15:00 Calibration – method and results
15:00 – 15:30 Analysis of the long term data set - Variability report and representativeness, TMY    
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break – Work practises - find the south
16:00 – 16:30 Installation monitoring   Monitor the plant with one or several pyranometers  
16:30 – 17:00 Satellite monitoring
17:00 – 18:00 Introduction of forecast methodologies 
18:00 Adjourn day 2


Friday 29th January 2016

09:00 – 09:30 Europe supports future developments for resource assessment - GEOSS and COPERNICUS program, MACC and CAMS projects, presentation of McClear and MACC-RAD
09:30 – 10:45 Europe through the ConnectinGEO project funded under the Horizon 2020 program supports future developments for exchange and dissemination of in situ measurements - SOS, standards and interoperability - Discussion
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break – poster session
11:00 – 11:45 Bank and projects financing – Questions and answers
11:45 – 12:30

Presentation of SoDa, which welcomes McClear and MACC-RAD portals. Free and for pay Web services, values-added services provided by Transvalor

Presentation of the service of radiation persistence

Presentation of the similarity forecast method

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 APOLLO Cloud statistics (RESgrow project)
14:30 - 16:00 Round table: mind map: collect recommendations from attendees to improve the training, ground or satellite measurements, services. Distribution of questionnaires and feedback
16:00 Adjourn day 3




Hotel Etoile: approx. 20 rooms are proposed to the attendees with a nice discount. Just tell them that you plan to attend this training. NB: not all the attendees are staying at the hotel!

Alternative hotels: Hotel Modern, and Le Relais du Postillon (a bit more expensive)


  • from Nice Airport to Sophia "Express": bus 230, 1.50€  (price Oct. 2015). Bus stops are "Terminal 1 Nice airport (passage de la Caravelle)" in Nice and "Place Sophie Lafitte" in Sophia Antipolis.
  • from Nice Airport to Antibes: bus 200, 1.50 € (price Oct. 2015). Bus stops are "Terminal 1 Nice airport (passage de la Caravelle)" in Nice and "Place du Général de Gaulle" in Antibes. Be careful, this bus is slow and stops everywhere.
  • NEW! from Nice Airport to Antibes "Express": bus 250, 10€ one way and 15€ round trip. From "Terminal 1" to Antibes. Please check if the bus stops at place de Gaulle or "gare routière".
  • from Antibes to MINES ParisTech Sophia: bus 1 or 100, 1.50 € (price Oct. 2015).

A room has been booked for breaks and catering, where you will have the opportunity to display posters or flyers for your company / your project / your product. Feel free to bring any dissemination tool.