Solar Monitoring Stations
QEERI operates 2 solar monitoring stations to measure solar irradiation at ground level, for research and assessment of the available solar resources. The global, direct, and diffuse light components are being measured at one-minute time resolution since December 2012. The two stations are located at the same site in Education City but are based on different technologies; one station is based on thermoelectric sensors mounted on a 2-axis sun tracker, and the other station is a rotating shadow-band radiometer (RSR) based on silicon photodiode detector. We are currently in the process of installing an additional 13 remote solar radiation stations, in collaboration with Qatar Meteorology Department, which will provide a comprehensive coverage of the national territory. Ground stations provide the most accurate assessment at any specific site, and their data is combined with satellite observations in order to provide more extended coverage, both spatially and temporally.