Remote sensing and GIS in planning photovoltaic potential of urban areas

Flavio Borfecchia, Emanuela Caiaffa, Maurizio Pollino, Luigi De Cecco, Sandro Martini, Luigi La Porta, Alessandro Marucci

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The last guidelines approved by Italian government to financially support the solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy production development include specific indications for more advantageously funding installations exploiting roofs/covers surfaces mainly located in urban or industrial areas. Since the 3D heterogeneity, albedo, atmospheric turbidity and casting shadows significantly influence here the local solar irradiance, the implemented methodology allowed us to suitably account for these distributed factors by means active (LIDAR) and passive satellite/airborne remote sensing techniques and advanced GIS modelling tools in order to support more realistic estimates of PV potential at roofs level in urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195 - 216
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Computers in Earth Sciences
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Applied Mathematics

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