The Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS ©European Communities, 2001–2017) had been developed from solar radiation data estimated from satellite using the Satellite Application Facility on Climate Monitoring (CM SAF) models, representing the period 1996-2011. In areas North of 58º N the data are derived from ground station measurements collected within the European Solar Radiation Atlas and interpolated spatially. The PVGIS service allows to simulate the photovoltaic potential of a PV system, according to the site location and horizon mask, the PV technology, installed pick power, yield and energy losses, as well as mounting options like slope (0=horizontal 90=vertical) and azimuth (-90=oriented to the East, 0= to the South, 90 to the West, + or -180 to the North). Several web-tools available from the PVGIS online service can be used in viticulture. In particular, the “Show horizon” option allows the calculation of the topographic (as affected by the surrounding hills and mountains) sunrise, sunset, and maximum potential day length, on a sunny day with no cloud cover. Moreover, the “Daily radiation” tool offers the possibility to calculate the monthly irradiance on the PV surface. Therefore, the PVGIS service can be used to simulate the monthly irradiance on the canopy surface using slope=90 (vertical) and the row orientation angle as azimuth value. Finally, the “PV Estimation” service provides the estimation of the optimum inclination and orientation of the PV module (i.e. canopy) as affected by the horizon mask, to maximize the annual light interception. PVGIS services and queries can also be embedded into new tools (both local and online) to support the site selection and a proper vineyard design (row direction, row and vine spacing, trellis system, etc.).
|Citation:||Zorer, R.; Volschenk, C.G.; Hunter, J.J. (2017). PVGIS: a free online solar photovoltaic calculator tool to optimise light harvesting in viticulture. In: Enoforum 2017, Vicenza, 16-18 maggio 2017. url: http://www.vinidea.it/it/edizione_2017/edizione_2017_cat_80.htm handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/38545|
|Organization unit:||Department of Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology # CRI|
|Authors:||Zorer, R.; Volschenk, C.G.; Hunter, J.J.|
|Title:||PVGIS: a free online solar photovoltaic calculator tool to optimise light harvesting in viticulture|
|Scientific Disciplinary Area:||Settore AGR/03 - Arboricoltura Generale E Coltivazioni Arboree|
|Appears in Collections:||03 - Conference object|