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Learn more about energy systems integration at these upcoming events.

December 2015

Webinar: Learn About NREL's Newest Release of the National Solar Radiation Database

December 8, 2015, 10:00 - 11:00 MST

NREL is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, December 8, from 10-11 a.m. MST, to debut the latest release of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB), the foremost public resource for solar data for the United States—and beyond, as it has recently expanded to cover a growing list of international countries.

The NSRDB is a serially complete collection of meteorological and solar irradiance data sets. The data are publicly available at no cost to the user and provide foundational information to help solar system designers, building architects and engineers, renewable energy analysts, and many others to improve and expand solar energy technologies.

There have been substantial improvements in solar data collection and modeling technologies throughout the NSRDB's more than 25 years of existence. As better technologies became available, NREL migrated to these new technologies and updated the NSRDB. In this new update, the NSRDB changed from using mainly empirical modeling and data collected at stations to using a physics-based modeling approach called the Physical Solar Model (PSM). Using this model, the new NSRDB provides data for the years 1998 to 2014 and comprises 30-minute solar and meteorological data for approximately 2 million 0.038-degree latitude by 0.038-degree longitude surface pixels (nominally 4 km²). The area covered is bordered by longitudes 25° W on the east and 175° W on the west, and by latitudes 20° S on the south and 60° N on the north. Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data sets are also included with this release.

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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January 2016

ESIF Workshop: Frontiers in Distributed Optimization & Control of Sustainable Power Systems

January 27 - 28, 2016

 Interact with leaders from academia, national laboratories, and industry at NREL's state-of-the-art Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) during our workshop on frontiers in distributed optimization and control of sustainable power systems. The broader objective of the workshop is to address challenges in distributed control and optimization of future power systems within the context of developing a system-level understanding of emerging paradigms. An additional aim of the workshop is to promote the cross-fertilization of recent findings, advance foundational science for next-generation power systems, and facilitate technology-to-market transfer and industry adoption.

Preregistration is required and space is limited.

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  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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