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Mapping of Solar Resource Based on INSAT 3D/3DR Surface Insolation Product

Version 1 : Received: 26 June 2020 / Approved: 28 June 2020 / Online: 28 June 2020 (09:19:10 CEST)

How to cite: Suryavanshi, A.S.; Taori, A.; Varghese, A.O.; Gharai, B. Mapping of Solar Resource Based on INSAT 3D/3DR Surface Insolation Product. Preprints 2020, 2020060328 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0328.v1). Suryavanshi, A.S.; Taori, A.; Varghese, A.O.; Gharai, B. Mapping of Solar Resource Based on INSAT 3D/3DR Surface Insolation Product. Preprints 2020, 2020060328 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0328.v1).

Abstract

Solar Insolation is the major contributor of earth’s radiation and energy budget. The insolation reaching the surface is a prime input for eco-physiological processes such as evapotranspiration and photosynthesis. Therefore, it is as critical component to assess bio-energy and bio-fuel resources. It is also a crucial input to crop simulation model for yield forecasting and its further applications in solar energy solutions. Although ground observations are better for accuracy purpose, they have challenges of maintenance, regular calibration and upkeeping etc. This call for the continuous spatio-temporal satellite based observations barring the acceptable accuracy. In case of INSAT3D/3DR, Bhattacharya et al. (2015) have derived the surface insolation product which is being used widely. We propose a method of improvement in this product. It is envisaged that a correction applied with the help of ground truth estimates may enhance the utilization of insolation products derived from INSAT3D/3DR datasets. In the present study, surface insolation product derived from INSAT 3D/3DR data at an interval of 30 minutes each (collectively 15 minutes interval) with 4 km spatial resolution was used for duration from May-2017 to Apr-2019 over Nagpur. Ground truth observations for same duration were carried out with CNR4, which were used to correct the INSAT 3D/3DR surface insolation product using the statistical best-fit method. Corrected INSAT 3D/3DR products are found correlating with the ground values well with differences of approximately < 1 W/m2. Best-fit parameters evolved in the present study uses only 2 years of simultaneous ground and satellite data which can be further improved by multi-year data base. We propose better utilization of INSAT 3D/3DR based surface insolation products in the assessment of solar resource mapping over Nagpur (and possibly other regions, such as Bhandara) with the help of best-fit parameters as assessed in the present study.

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Subject Areas

INSAT 3D; INSAT 3DR; Surface insolation; Solar resource

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