Solar Potential Analysis

The Project

IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, Task 51 — Solar Energy in Urban Planning

The main objective of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA-SHC), Task 51  is to provide support to urban planners, authorities and architects to achieve urban areas and eventually whole cities with architecturally integrated solar energy solutions (active and passive), highly contributing to cities with a large fraction of renewable energy supply. This includes the objective to develop processes, methods and tools capable of assisting cities in developing a long term urban energy strategy.

To achieve these objectives, work is organized in four main topics:

  1. Legal framework, barriers and opportunities for solar energy implementation.
  2. Development of processes, methods and tools.
  3. Case studies and action research (implementation issues; test methods, tools, and processes; test concepts as e.g. NZEB and NZEC).
  4. Education and dissemination.

(Source: IEA-SHC Task 51.)

My role

In the subtask C, Case studies and action research, I am developing the solar potential analysis of the Norwegian case studies in order to maximize the solar accessibility of the building in urban environment and localize the most irradiated areas on the building envelope for installing solar system.

In the subtask D, Education and dissemination, I am conducting interviews to Norwegian professor and experts that are using the solar simulations tools in their course in order to collect information about methods, materials, software, references regarding teaching of solar energy. The activities of the subtask D include also the investigation in using the solar tools from the students: through questionnaires developed from the experts of the Task 51, they can express an evaluation on the tools.