The IRENA global atlas is a large international initiative, putting you a click away from major data sources to estimate your solar and wind potentials. This is an example on the region, showing the average winds calculated over 30 years, all protected areas, and population density every 1km. Zoom in, and start looking into areas of interest. You can even add your own data to improve the analysis.
The Atlas does not replace a ground measurement campaigns, but it can help you explore for suitable sites at which ground measurements can be done. Some tools are under development to help you assess resource potentials in particular areas. This is an example of an existing tool which gives you access to historic values of the resource for every location. Some more advanced features allow you to perform site ranking, or highlight opportunity areas, for further investigation.The interface is very flexible, and even lets you create your own project, pulling data from a catalog of 300 wind and solar resource maps.
Global atlas update
Status and Perspectives
W.J. Lee, IRENA
GLOBAL ATLAS: CONTEXT
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL ATLAS?
What is the Global Atlas?
A freeopen standards Global Spatial Data Infrastructure
• A global ‘public library’ of renewable resource maps – 300 + datasets
• The information is not copied or duplicated, and existing services are
• Data owners use freely the platform to disseminate and reference their own
• Depending on the IP restrictions, the links can be used by the Atlas online
GIS, the data owners and their project partners, and the general public
The GIS interface is online and freely accessible. Basic users can access
information and perform basic analyses.
‘Advanced’ users can create their own online project maps, embed those in their
webportal, and use the online tools on their own datasets.
Global Atlas Institutional Structure
Global Renewable Energy Atlas
Secretariat and coordination
Solar and Wind Technical Group
Bioenergy Technical Group
Geothermal Technical Group
Hydropower Technical Group
Marine Energies Technical Group
How is the work organized?
The Steering Committee meets during the IRENA Assembly. Intermediate meetings
are organized at IRENA Councils and other ministerial events – CEM, GBEP.
The Secretariat is made of a team of 3 persons in IRENA Abu Dhabi.
The working groups meet twice a year, during expert meetings or workshops . Experts
are designated by the participating countries, and invited by the Secretariat.
The end-user group is constantly kept informed of the developments – newsletter,
website, and can contact the Secretariat at any time. The end-user network meets
once a year in Abu Dhabi WFES.
Additional ad hoc task forces are created for a temporary issue – ex data quality for
solar and wind, capacity building for solar and wind.
Participation is voluntary. Financing is shared between country contributions and
IRENA’s core budget.
Albania, Australia, Belgium,
Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia,
France, Gambia, Germany,
Grenada, Honduras, India, Iraq,
Israel, Kuwait, Lithuania, Mali,
Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua,
Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Peru,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal,
Seychelles, South Africa, Spain,
Swaziland, Switzerland, Tunisia,
UAE, Uganda, UK, Uruguay, USA,
Global Atlas Signatories
Technical Partners and Data Providers
Partner Projects and Multilateral Initiatives
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL
Part I - Data Infrastructure and Sharing
Three main systems for the Global Atlas Data Infrastructure
1) Geoserver is operated by data provider
2) Catalog – references the information hosted by the
geoservers. Catalog is interoperable with other initiaitves.
3) Interface can search into the catalog
Step1: Registering the Data on a Geoserver (open source)
Step 2: Remote Registration to the Catalog
Full description, ownership and
references are preserved
Consequence 1: Data appear in Atlas interface library
Consequence 3: Links can be used by third parties,
other projects and initiatives with desktop GIS
If the data has IP restrictions – signature of a data
sharing agreement with IRENA
IP remains with the data owner
Data sharing and download can be limited on demand
Service can be modified or stopped from data owner’s
The catalog can handle private and public data 16
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL
Part II - Data visualization and analysis
Example 3: Country map based on the project
First thematic maps are available
MERRA dataset http://irena.masdar.ac.ae/?map=399
Papua New Guinea http://irena.masdar.ac.ae/?map=324
South African Wind Atlas http://irena.masdar.ac.ae/?map=405
Example 4: Using the interface in your own website
Data are promoted in an
interactive manner without having
to develop an online GIS.
Just add 1 line:
<iframe style="border: none;"
Or <iframe style="border: none;"
Ongoing work and next steps
Integration of Countries’ solar and wind data – display, point
Additional datasets coming online:
CENER – wind energy, global, 10 km
Private companies – solar, wind, global, 5km
DTU – wind energy, global, 3/5 km
NASA – solar, global, 10 km
Significant improvements to the Atlas GIS, data display and
Expansion ongoing to other renewable energy sources