Solar Consulting Services is
a consulting company dedicated to the development of
tools and resource assessment products related to a wide range of
Optimal use of solar energy and solar potential optimization
through professional resource evaluation (including "bankable data") at specific sites or on a global scale (for solar thermal
applications, electricity production with consumer PV systems or
large-scale concentration solar power plants, etc.)
Reference irradiance spectra for specific purposes (PV cells
rating, flat-plate or concentrating PV systems performance prediction, solar heat gain through glazings, UV-induced materials
degradation, UV-index prediction, solar-blind pyrometric
Broadband irradiance and illuminance modeling and data analysis
for applications in energy production, daylighting, plant growth
in greenhouses, etc.
Analysis of measured radiometric data for improved quality control
Derivation of atmospheric variables (e.g., turbidity) from
Our main goal is to provide assistance to institutions and companies involved in energy engineering by filling the wide gap that exists between atmospheric sciences and engineering applications.
services are based in great part on the expertise of internationally-renowned Dr. Christian
A. Gueymard, who has published a considerable number of scientific
contributions on solar radiation modeling and measurement.
His most significant achievement, and one
of the solar community's best-known prediction tools, is the SMARTS
spectral radiation model , which can be used to
accurately predict the shortwave solar irradiance with high spectral resolution, and under variable
atmospheric conditions. The development of SMARTS started 20 years ago. It has now a strong user base worldwide: With about 6000 registered users, and 800 new users in 2012 alone, SMARTS is a de facto standard in the PV and CPV worlds.
SMARTS was also the tool chosen by standard organizations to develop reference spectra (e.g., ASTM G173, G177 and G197, as well as IEC 60904).
Dr. Gueymard was invited to deliver a keynote presentation on the achievements and challenges in solar resource assessment at the 2012 international World Renewable Energy Forum held in Denver, Colorado.
This presentation highlights some of the key activities of Solar Consulting Services that makes it a world leader in this field.