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Weather and climate data for energy applications

Amin, Amin ORCID: and Mourshed, Monjur ORCID: 2024. Weather and climate data for energy applications. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 192 , 114247. 10.1016/j.rser.2023.114247

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Weather information plays a critical role in energy applications — from designing and planning to the management and maintenance of building energy systems, renewable energy applications, and smart utility grids. This research examines weather and climate data for energy applications, covering their sources, generation, implementation, and forecasting. Drivers for the use of weather data, data acquisition methods, and parameter characteristics, as well as their impact on energy applications, are critically reviewed. The study also analyses weather data availability from 32 commonly used online sources, considering their cost, features, and resolution. A comprehensive weather data classification is developed based on measurement type, information period, data resolution, and time horizon. The findings indicate that real-time local weather data with high temporal resolution is crucial for optimal energy management and accurate forecasting of energy and environmental behaviours. However, limitations and uncertainties exist in weather data from online sources, particularly for developing countries, due to the limited spatio-temporal coverage.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Uncontrolled Keywords: Weather data; Climate data; Building simulation; Energy management; Energy efficiency; Renewable energy
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1364-0321
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 December 2023
Date of Acceptance: 18 December 2023
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 12:00

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