February 2014 until January 2017
ECOFYS Netherlands B.V.
PITCO (Local partner in Pakistan)
Project Manager at the Institute of Networked Energy Systems:
Dr. Christoph Schillings
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been commissioned by the World Bank to investigate Pakistan’s potential for the exploitation of solar energy. To carry out the assessment, an international project consortium will start by assessing satellite image data from the past 10 years. At several sites ground stations will be set up to measure solar radiation for two years. Finally, this data will be compared with the satellite models to create a reliable radiation map. This map will be made available through IRENA Global Atlas for Renewable Energy. With the radiation data collected, DLR scientists will be able to provide a realistic and reliable source of information from which a tariff structure for solar energy in Pakistan can be derived. Another important part of the project is the development of local expertise. In the context of ‘capacity building’ measures, the partners will be trained locally to, for example, capture and interpret data to assess the solar potential.