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The Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA) in Masdar Institute (UAE) was established in 2012 with the mandate to develop local capacity and accurate databases of renewable energy potentials in the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Peninsula. To help the achievement of these goals, ReCREMA created a powerful Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) based in open source and open standards. On the top of this SDI several GIS-based tools were developed and published over the last four years. The UAE Solar atlas, the UAE Solar Technology Simulator, the UAE wind atlas and the Gulf Earth portal are some of the main webgis products developed as part of this initiative. Also, a satellite-based real time tool that shows real time solar maps updated every 15 minutes was developed in both mobile and desktop formats. Mobile apps have the advantages of using the device location for a better user experience. Recent developments include a real time dust monitoring and forecasting tools covering the whole Arabian Peninsula. All these products were made publicly available in app stores and in ReCREMA website. The decision to use open source GIS platforms in ReCREMA will allow to outreach a large pool of potential end-users and to provide accurate, reliable and updated tools to decision makers, industrial developers, investors and the general public.
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OK so welcome to the 2nd of the presentation in the session and I 1st cholesterol is gonna talk about chairs products for renewable energy mapping and assessment and the Arabian Peninsula sense very interesting over the OK I think you very much and thank you for for coming and many measles policed I am a jazz developer being agreement center which is a research center in Muslim institute which is a university in the United Arab Emirates and I'm going to talk about and a little bit of our products and what are we doing weeds and false mystically we are working for renewable energy mapping and assessment so In the last
years as we can know that um there was an interest in the in New
renewable resources and in the Middle East so the GCC countries and and also has some years ago the energy and renewable energy targets but most of these targets come from solar power the and for k and the GCC we have lots of sand but there was a lack of accurate resource assessment and there was not because they didn't know how much energy it was possible to produce therefore and it was extrapolation machine 2012 and in order to and do his mother assessments and creates databases an for renewable energy in the UAE and also in the Arab Peninsula we also was the center and it was also expect in order to and the some supports 29 idea these international renewable energy agency which
she's with the headquarters are in other without and new and so it is but the UAE don't do have at the time any atlases of solar weaned didn't know the Dean had these data therefore the center was extended fix these issues
so at the center we have a satellite receiving stations are the most important supplied it's major set we are working on read several products of the just sat there and we have a powerful data center we have a state of the art is a satellite image processing and lots of people working on that but we have a real time the visualizations he's in the real-time data and we are working also we to we have data and we are doing some international development OK we have all all these things but at some
time ago we didn't have any special about infrastructure so what to do we build these modeling what to do we build these data and how to publish so basically there were lots of teams working and we'd solar working wheat we working meet atmospheric only 10 and we know that we had to publish these data that we didn't have a special about infrastructure so we need a special that infrastructure at the time it was realized that it is important but we also need power because we have a lot of projects we are working with lots of international agencies we have customers you really to half customization control we also need to have full interoperability again we are working with each other other institutes and we need to communicate between them therefore we need a constant as we need to work with you can stand and that's why we started working we false so
these various our current that special that infrastructure and in the beginning it was not like this so in the beginning we only had the SQL database which was PostgreSQL since the beginning and we had chill server and then we had started building all tools now we have map server and we also have our working week net CDF files specially spent for dead atmospheric only 10 and that's why we have to and see the Linnaeus which is on the server to to publish in the women the incident and files we also have a high performance computer in the institute and some of our products they need a high-performance computer and in order to produce the final products so our tools are GAS tools and our special that infrastructure needs to communicate with each PC so did species not part of the infrastructure but we need to communicate with it and then for the Web GIS but the client side we are working with essential tools especially X and ancestor sister put and openly 3 from the rest of the qualities that we are doing it's Microsoft's
so 1 of the 1st products we released its there's sort of atlas of the readings In this product we have a 8 years of data we are expecting to implements 2 more years In the following months all data is a sex about using the interface which can be used you can point to that or everyone can access it using the son of minus the for these products and we are serving the data into shell server and disease most of the data comes from satellite data and then we have our own models but a running in the background and then we persisted after the processing your outputs are genitive later which are published in just server again do it bathing being up only a stool and x 4 because these was our 1st product and building 2012 and that's why it's and more all technologies look at 1 more tool that we have it's the sourcing later so basically and is a be it's a photovoltaic panels for assume later and this is more for in the industry or for investors that wants to that want to invest in a specific region of the we and they want to know for about specific polygon how much and for a specific uh affordable tight bundles from these brands how much energy do I get in a specific here so that's what we we are doing here and we are connected to the simulator is connected to each PC because we have a lot of variables and therefore and all the data is present is that in the 2 pieces for this reason the server is not server because of scripting yeah using PHP maps script it's more customers of all of is easier to implement because every simulator is unique then we have a different partner mn different data different maps for different simulations and therefore we need to published different types of maps and they're not much more easy after you to discrete and this is where the interface is OpenLayers 3 and X 5 then we have as 1 of our 1st President which is uh than the real-time solar resource not basically and we have the receiving station every 15 minutes we have a new data and then we have a real time models that are running every 15 minutes every time a new image is coming from the satellite and then uh based on the model the models on creating these maps of the resource assessment for solar and then we the PHP script we publish these data so we don't have with that we only have image which is a map and but Eddie's image comes every 15 minutes so the user knows for that at that time how much energy we are receiving basically OK then we have the we not plus it was released on 2 years ago for these outliers we have 10 years of data and duration of was in its CDF but this is a static map so we have state static data it's not being incremented everything so we converted these data into energy out if images and then we published using usual server and these dictates 4 terabytes of data so it's a huge database and all data again all ladies assessable using the bilinear standard and this is what is latest to an expert for because it was based on the 1st on the solar and Mr. Laplace the most recent tool that we have is the atmospheric composition and weather forecast so basically we really is 1 month ago and disease real-time forecast and so we have 48 hours of forecast for atmospheric data and whether and this is connected to each PC has as you maybe you know there are lots of variables for forecast specially atmospheric and weather forecasts and to deal we'd all these data you have you need to have very deep processing machines so the models which are due done by the our the outputs of 2 models and a movie then I have a problem OK movie have to talk to display movies into a map and to resume capabilities the Lexus because a mark and likely and with OpenLayers 3 I was able to do this it's very interesting and recommended to to check it and if anyone wants to see how I did it I I'm able to decode is published so it's it's easy and it's movies uh by default it starts playing and then we have 48 hours forecast and is for the entire peninsula again the a police 3 x 5 and in this tool there there is a very important thing for us and this type of region which is the best specially for for so basically we have lots of this we don't have um a but we have and the best and it stands under the under the photovoltaic panels and it covers also the it's very problematic and now we are capable of having a forecast for today so that was the main route goal or the main reason why we have this type of forecast 1 marked tool that we have a d 1 was released 1 year and a half ago it's the coastal and environmental him 16 and modeling data is for them out of the angles so that the idea here is to publish and other in the data and satellite data for and the ocean give for the entire gold we have daily data and here we we are receiving data from satellites but you also half field measurements we have fuel stations and you receive the stations and the compute the data for the entire Gulf I'm talking about current data and the chlorophyll data 1 of the problems that there are there is happening in the gulf is the correct types some knowledge and just trying to detect this and you have put and we are publishing these data in real time all data is accessible using the standard the various and we also have a Sri these forecast and that is not movies so so we don't we don't have our really data we have a daily data uh these most of these data yet remained in the data it's net CDF files because we haven't been put all data and we have a different depths and therefore we are working with density f and that's why the MCE and the linear server the dollar and it is very important it and here we are working with talkativeness CDs and CW WMS server and also the usual server coming from just 1 more saying that we have here in these tool is the capability of simulating an oil spills so if you know the point where the only still started it can simulate despised spilled based on the current the data the current and the real-time data that we have is very important for the goal as you can imagine
OK 1 more thing that we have is this idea collaboration and aiding was was and is very important we are collaborating with them MIT needs the international hangable energy agency which is held in and out without being very close to us and all this special that infrastructure of writing is hostage into our infrastructure so the DS the idea of them it's different it's in different machines it has a different composition from our but is fostered into our our forgot that of that the center and the other ones helping them managing all the all the tools that for those who know into the global art initiative which is from my you know you have all the old data from all around the world it's aggregated is a tool for making a and B are partners in that we did so they are aggregated will data from different sources different countries and it's screen mobile energy data and we are partners not only from the STI but also in the development should apart from this collaboration and depart from the global Laplace all all all the data that we have solar and wind it's published into our tools but it's also published in the global again using did WMS standard and apart from that we don't we also have our working right now at this moment in a bioenergy simulator so the idea of disease a tools from MIT in which we are working with with them and j-th to simulate and the quantity of forest energy or a stalled and equal to raise use that you can produced based on we set of the and this and that would be yes of course OK just I'm
almost finishing mobile tools we realize that OK we have the capability to produce web giants why not creating a new breed mobile app so long we created this is more well you realize solidarity using the Google Play and the App Store itself very technology we are using a budget Cordovan again we'd such accession touch of political police history and basically there you can see that the causal are closed under the real-time tool you can see for your current position the good part that would sing about that mobile devices and it's that you have the GPS data the GPA or your GPS your location and you can know for location how much energy you are receiving at the current time In the future we will like to work in a mobile tool for the test things it is it to use for any common user not only for atmospheric scientists and we'd like to have every tool that we have into mobile because right now we don't have it we only have 2 solar the real time and we are working test but just finish we can
say that falls and allows to invest knowledge in knowledge the people instead of in commercial software and is it is important thing to us because it enabled w we are work for Aberdovey governments in the underlying you have with other governments they have um particle which as so we can use all the as the tools we don't nothing because they guaranteed they nevertheless we realize that the force is very important because of not only because of of money but also because of the it's easier to untangle all these type of products we have lots of products and to maintain all these products and create different products almost every 6 months we have a new product so it's more easy and which we we have more control of overall products we don't realize you know when we just rely on ourselves and in our findings every product can have different customization which is very important once again we need to contact processing machines different models from different teams and uh it's very important to have communication and scripting in our products and which follows we can do that and then we have so many products this is like it's easier to reach the potential end users what a professional and uses such as a scientist such as common and end users are not not not in the field that we can reach investors industry etc. 1 more thing that was important uh here was the identical liberation this was something that makers choose for the force and it was and now we can see that follows is important and without it we cannot make so many products and so many tools and that's
it thank you so much thank questions that I'm going to bring the microphone because we're recording so just to make sure it's occurred hi my question is quick I understand that when just started
doing this in 2002 I think said
and genetic what and you know the were not the school now but did you consider them to use the as as the Iowa where any recent you prefer to build your own up because all this real-time things on the map and you have shown would have been a good to have them back on an open source community as a way to get minutes I think about the answer will open the microphone yeah so basically all these tools that we have so we are we are we are published in a bit but that we have we can fall was all the sources there are it was indeed bucket because in the beginning I wanted to publish in ghetto but I faced some difficulties now what these difficulties are over past and I am trying to put everything in detail but the good repositories are indeed look their open everyone can musical so that everything is open it and it's it's there and probably in the next month I will be alone everything into the tub yeah can have a short question about next CD-FWM as did you'll go completely in-house at your institute or this is this is an no so basically the net CDF and see that when is a product that is indeed have um it's now it's they change the name in the beginning it was and the Dublin yes now it is called it all if you go to the have it down it's there it's it's a community basically ICT to university and that is publishing that and it's very very interesting define that gives you a better performance or is it easier to configure than using the CDF induces in a very good question and I find that it's more easy because for them to 102 portal where we have the Gulf region we have data every they actually have data every 12 hours and the team because I am the GS developer and then we have the scientists data so and they give me an insidious and the form it's more easy to publish these why because it's that they miss the we we temporal component but that's also easy to do it in just server but also we have 2 different depths and it's easier to do readings and we did not consider when yes and it's also much much faster perfect OK thanks once again for the presentation and notice that to overflow of