The project SoDa
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Objective: The project SoDa answers the needs of industry and research for information on solar radiation parameters with a satisfactory quality. You can access the SoDa project fact sheet here.
Period: The project began on January 1st, 2000 and ended in March 2003.
The project SoDa aims at responding to the strong multi-disciplinary needs for information
on solar radiation. It represents a real innovation. Advanced information
and communication technologies have been used to supply high quality
value-added information that match the actual customer needs. The
methodology was user-driven with a large involvement of users in
the project. A WWW-based service has been developed and demonstrated
which realises the integration of information sources of different
natures within a smart network. These sources include databases
containing solar radiation parameters and other relevant information,
including algorithms and end-users applications; some of them may
originate from an advanced processing of remote sensing images.
Before the SoDa service was made available, these resources were
The information sources also include application-specific user-oriented numerical models and advanced algorithms. Algorithms based on innovative techniques in data fusion, data mining, data processing, and data assimilation in numerical models have been developed and tested to supply value-added information on solar radiation. The service has been validated through users trials, and its benefits were assessed. The project SoDa focuses on several applications in environment and connected domains: air quality in cities, vegetation, coastal zones, energy-conscious building design and daylighting, and industrial use of renewable energies.
Providers, outside the Consortium SoDa, are using the SoDa service to disseminate information on solar radiation. One example is the MARS (monitoring agriculture by remote sensing), a component of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Commission.
The objectives of the project SoDa were:
- to answer the needs for high quality customer-tailored information on solar radiation to integrate diverse sources of information presently available separately within a smart integrating network to develop and operate a prototype service, which efficiently exploits this smart network, and which will be used and gauged by selected users to increase the quality of the delivered information through improved modelling of time and space structures of the solar radiation, and improved matching to actual customer needs
- to disseminate the achievements of the project, and assess the sustainability of a permanent commercial service
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A multi-disciplinary consortium has been assembled, which gathers companies and researchers with the necessary expertise in solar radiation and information and communications technologies. Customers and potential users are also represented as partners in the consortium via the involvement of commercial private vendors of solar radiation databases and of representatives of large international or local environmental research and development programs.
- ARMINES (administrative co-ordinator) France
- MINES ParisTech - ARMINES - Centre Energétique et Procédés - Groupe Observation Modélisation et Décision (scientific co-ordinator) France
- MINES ParisTech - Les Presses MINES ParisTech France
- European Commission - Joint Research Centre Italy
- Meteorologiai Szolgalat - Meteorological Satellites Dpt Hungary
- METEOTEST Switzerland
- Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg Faculty of Physics Germany
- ICONS Srl Italy
- University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology - Department of Physics United Kingdom
- Università degli Studi di Genova - Dipartimento di Fisica Italy
- CNRS - ENTPE - Département Génie Civil et Bâtiment France
- Fraunhofer - Institut fuer Solare Energiesysteme (ISE) Germany