Application of correspondence analysis and kriging for the assessment of the solar energy resource of Senegal (West Africa)
AdvisorReagan, John A.
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AbstractThe Solar potential is studied, at the synoptical scale (Senegal-West Africa) via a set of terrestrial measurements of the sunshine duration, the insolation, the ambient temperature and the wind speed. First the missing data have been estimated (in Time and Space) via the study of the data structure and by use of a reconstitution formula derived from Correspondence Analysis. Then a geostatistical approach has been used to analyze a sufficiently long series of data to characterize statistically the climatological behavior of the Insolation in Space over the support defined above. Hence, the steps of deriving maps of isopleths for sparse Space and Time-series measurements of a given support will be presented. The possible applications are the cartography or simulation of fields, the optimization of measurement stations, the design of Solar equipments and the analysis of remote sensing data.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Electrical and Computer Engineering