Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61873
Title: Estimation of Hong Kong's solar energy potential using GIS and remote sensing technologies
Authors: Wong, MS 
Zhu, R
Liu, Z 
Lu, L 
Peng, J
Tang, Z
Lo, CH
Chan, WK
Keywords: Building rooftop
Photovoltaic potential
Satellite imagery
Solar radiation
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Renewable energy, 2016, v. 99, p. 325-335 How to cite?
Journal: Renewable energy 
Abstract: This paper studies the use of Remote Sensing (RS) technologies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for estimation of city-wide photovoltaic (PV) potential in Hong Kong. It investigates the spatial distribution of cloud coverage through geostationary satellites from the Multi-functional Transport Satellite (MTSAT). The results indicate that a non-prominent spatial variation of cloud cover presides over a majority of Hong Kong territories. Appropriate locations for deploying solar PV panels, such as rooftops, were delineated using RS, GIS, and existing ancillary data. Extraction and filtering of pixels based on a set of criterions were used to identify optimal PV rooftops. This study shows that the summarization of PV potentials in Hong Kong is 2.66 TWh on building rooftops. The methodologies and findings from this study permits detailed spatial estimation of city-wide solar energy potential, and assists the policy-decision process on the use of renewable energy in Hong Kong.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61873
ISSN: 0960-1481
EISSN: 1879-0682
DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2016.07.003
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