Space & Atmospheric Sciences  Alternative Renewable Energy

 

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SUPARCO's Services in Promoting Alternative Energy

 

Energy is reckoned as the starting step towards the implementation of any plan for prosperity and industrial development. Demand for electricity, particularly inexpensive and cost effective, will continue to grow in the future. There is a need to develop many of the alternatives and cheaper resources of energy. Sun and Wind are the most important renewable, sustainable and emission-free sources of energy, which are widely available in Pakistan. Not only are these pollution-free but can be cost effectively available for generating electricity. At present, there is no share of alternative renewable energy in the total energy consumption of Pakistan.

 

SUPARCO, as a part of its Atmospheric Research Studies, has been carrying out research to determine potential sites for solar and wind based power generation in the country. Efforts are being made for foreign participation for technical and financial assistance in establishing Wind Parks.

 

 

SUPARCO's GPS-based Wind Measuring Radiosonde Equipment

SUPARCO has accumulated vast and several (20) years' experience in using satellite measured atmospheric, meteorological, wind and solar energy related data and features. For the same purpose, surface and upper wind measurements are also regularly made using sophisticated and latest technological equipment.

 

SUPARCO's Services Include

 
 

Identifying potential sites for producing electricity from Wind and Solar Energy by using high resolution satellite pictures and wind data

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Development of GIS databases for determining potential wind sites based on user defined parameters and relevant attribute data

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Detailed on-site measurements and analysis to find actual wind power potential

 

Existing Facilities

 

State of the Art Wind Measuring Systems at SUPARCO

 

 

Tethered Met. Tower:  Wind, temperature, pressure, humidity, etc., can be measured simultaneously at pre-selected multiple heights (up to five levels) from the surface up to 300-meters

 

 
 

 

GPS-Radiosondes:  Through GPS-satellites, wind, other met parameters can be measured up to 30-km altitude

 

     

Wind speed and direction measurement with the TMT System

 
 

 

Mobile Environmental Laboratory:  It can continuously measure wind at 10-meter height and other met parameters as well as pollutants. It can be taken to places where roads are available

 

 
 

 

Coastal Wind Tower: 60-meter high Wind Tower on the Arabian Sea coast is ideal for many wind power studies

 

 
 

Satellite Measured Data Banks at SUPARCO

 
 

Wind Data, with which high wind areas of Pakistan can be determined

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High Resolution Satellite Imageries, with which, accessible, topographically suitable high-wind areas in Pakistan can be found

 

Wind Data Available at SUPARCO

 

 

10-meter height  Satellite measured Wind Data (1°x 1° grid) of Pakistan

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50-meter height derived Wind-Data of Pakistan (1°x 1° grid)

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100-meter height: Wind-Data can be estimated of most places at up to 150-meters height

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Geostrophic Wind over Pakistan based on satellite and reanalysis data (above 750-meters height)

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Station Surface Wind data covering all of Pakistan

 

 

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