Mobile App For Accessing Solar + Wind Energy Satellite Resource Maps Developed By Masdar

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A new mobile application (app) allowing users to access near-live satellite maps of solar and wind energy resources in the UAE (as well as elsewhere) was recently developed by the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, according to a recent email sent to CleanTechnica.

The new Solar Mobile App will give users the ability to access solar resource information in near real-time — through the use of newly developed “unique” satellite-based solar mapping algorithms on a GPS-enabled phone. Said app — dubbed “UAE LiveSolar” — is now available for download on iTunes and Google Play — a Windows-phone version is in the works as well.

Masdar app

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute, stated: “The mobile application reflects our commitment to innovation that makes clean energy resources available in the digital arena. With the support of the UAE leadership, we have evolved into an institution that contributes to developing digital tools in future energy. We believe the mobile app developed at Masdar Institute will further encourage wider adoption of sustainable sources while motivating others to seek similar innovative digital solutions.”

The Director of the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment, and also the Professor of Practice at Masdar Institute, Dr Hosni Ghedira stated: “Being able to interact with this data using a mobile device is a great advance following the current trend of making such information systems more ubiquitous. This mobile application is ready to use anywhere in the world provided that solar radiance or radiation data is available, including the UAE.”

In addition to the near-realtime data (with DNI, DHI, and GHI values), users will also have access to the UAE Solar Atlas produced by Masdar Institute in the app — allowing users to view yearly and monthly maps, and evaluate variations.

Image Credit: Masdar Institute of Science & Technology

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