training in solar radiation - 18-19-20 Jan. 2017 - Sophia antipolis

Last update: Oct. 2016

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Price: 150€ (50€ per day per person)    This fee covers your lunches and catering. Please note that your participation is validated as soon as your payment is received.

Address: MINES ParisTech, 1 rue Claude Daunesse, 06904 Sophia Antipolis

NB: 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.


  • Pr. Philippe Blanc, MINES ParisTech
  • Dr. Mathilde Marchand, Transvalor S.A.
  • Dr. Claire Thomas, Transvalor S.A.
  • Pr. Lucien Wald, MINES ParisTech
  • Dr. Etienne Wey, Transvalor S.A.




        For this new session, we will keep our favorite 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.

Wednesday 18th January 2017

09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:30

Presentation of MINES ParisTech and Transvalor - "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 –- Urban solar cadasters

12:30 – 14:00


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 – 17:00

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

17:00 – 17:30

Practical work - Analyse cases of measurement failures


Adjourn day 1


Thursday 19th January 2017

09:00 – 10:00

Paul considers supplementing his ground data with meteorological analyses (ERA-Interim, ECEM, MERRA)

10:00 – 11:00

Then he supplements his data with solar irradiation estimation from satellite data – Heliosat methods (part.1) (potential field work)

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break – poster session

11:30 – 12:30

Solar irradiation estimation from satellite data: CAMS, HelioClim (part. 2)

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:30

Paul will merge his own measurements with HelioClim-3 estimates - quality assessment of ground measurements, protocol of evaluation between ground measurements and satellite-derived estimates

14:30 – 15:00

Calibration of satellite estimates  – 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

16:00 – 16:30

Field work (find the south, the solar furnace)

16:30 – 17:00

Installation monitoring - Monitor the plant with one or several pyranometers

17:00 – 17:30

Monitoring PV fields with satellite estimates


Adjourn day 2



Friday 20th January 2017

09:00 – 10:00

 Introduction to forecast methodologies

10:00 – 10:45

Europe supports future developments for resource assessment and in situ measurements: main projects (Copernicus, CAMS, ConnectinGEO, ENEON…)

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 offers access to CAMS McClear and CAMS-RAD products. Free and for pay Web services, values-added services provided by Transvalor


New developments

12:30 – 14:30


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


Adjourn training session


Organize your trip


Hotel Etoile (Antibes): Approx. 20 rooms are proposed to the attendees with a nice discount. Just tell the hotel that you plan to attend our solar training.

Alternative hotels in Antibes: Hotel Modern, and Le Relais du Postillon

Hotels nearby MINES ParisTech: Hotel Omega, Hotel IBIS, Hotel Mercure, Sophia Country Club


  • from Nice Airport to Sophia "Express": bus 230, 1.50 €. Bus stops are "Terminal 1 Nice airport (passage de la Caravelle, check the illustration on our contact page)" in Nice and "Place Sophie Lafitte" in Sophia Antipolis.
  • from Nice Airport to Antibes "Express": bus 250, 10 € one way and 15 € round trip. From "Terminal 1" to Antibes.
  • from Nice Airport to Antibes ("slow bus" :) ): 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.
  • from Antibes to MINES ParisTech Sophia: bus 1 or 100, 1.50 € (price Oct. 2015).