FIG Peer Review Journal


Innovative Approach for a Reliable Mapping of the Morocco’s Solar Resource (10917)

Asmae Azzioui, Moulay Hafid Bouhamidi, Mustapha Mouadine and Mohammed Ettarid (Morocco)
Ms Asmae Azzioui
Sites exploration engineer
Masen (Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy)
Corresponding author Ms Asmae Azzioui (email: asmaeazzioui[at], tel.: 00212649687992)

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Published on the web n/a
Received 2021-01-12 / Accepted n/a
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG e-Working Week 2021 in Virtually in the Netherlands and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG e-Working Week 2021
ISBN 978-87-92853-65-3 ISSN 2307-4086


The current Moroccan energy policy aims to develop and promote renewable and clean energy. To this end, one of the Morocco's most available energies that could contribute appreciably to improving national energy mix is solar energy. Thus, any solar project must rely (at least in large part) on modeled (satellite-based) irradiance data. However, a key question remains: the reliability of these data sets and generated maps. Therefore, our study comes to highlight the problems with the assessment of the solar resource and to stress the concept of the calibration of satellite data (Meteosat) to ground measurements (site-specific adaptation). In order to achieve this desired goal, we have introduced the different procedures of local calibration used in the solar energy industry and operated the calibration of the Moroccan Solar Atlas (MSA). In this context, an innovative method of generalization of the calibration to cover the entire territory of Morocco has been implemented and has demonstrated the quality of the proposed method and its contribution compared to conventional methods.
Keywords: Geoinformation/GI; Cartography; Remote sensing; Young surveyor; solar radiation; GHI (Global Horizontal Irradiance); DNI (Direct Normal Irradiance); satellite-based database; ground measurements; calibration; solar atlas