GIS Assessment of Solar Energy Resource in Europe
Entry ID: PV_GIS

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Abstract: A solar radiation database of Europe has been computed within the GRASS GIS
software. The database provides monthly and yearly averages of global
irradiation on horizontal and inclined surfaces, as well as climatic parameters
needed for an assessment of the potential photovoltaic electricity generation.
The database is available on-line by means of a set of dynamic web
applications. In the first application, a user may browse solar radiation and
other maps and query the selected climatic parameters. The second application
provides daily profiles of irradiance for a chosen month and for a selected
surface inclination and orientation. The third application provides estimates
of solar electricity generation. More information and animations are available
at the web site.
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Description: Interactive Maps on:

1. monthly averages of solar irradiation
2. average daily profiles of solar irradiance
3. assessment of PV potential
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 72.0   S: 35.0   E: 40.0   W: -25.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Joint Research Center
Dataset Title: GIS Assessment of Solar Energy Resource in Europe
Dataset Publisher: Joint Research Center
Data Presentation Form: maps, animations, models, reports
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2001-09-01
Stop Date: 2004-09-15
Location Keywords
Data Set Progress
Data Center
Renewable Energies Unit, Joint Research Center, European Union Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 39-0332-786661
Email: marcel.suri at
Contact Address:
European Commission
DG Joint Research Centre
Institute for Environment and Sustainability
Renewable Energies Unit
TP 450
City: Ispra (VA)
Postal Code: I-21020
Country: ITALY
Distribution Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-03-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-10-19
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