Scientific or industry publications using Solcast data

Solcast itself has a research background, and our data is widely used in the scientific community. We salute public researchers, and all those working to advance the state of the art (and science). We also offer limited free data to qualifying students and academics at public research institutions


Almarshoud, A. (2024). Validation of satellite-derived solar irradiance datasets: a case study in Saudi Arabia. Future Sustainability, 2(2), 1–7. Read publication


Bach, A. J. E. et al. (2023). Retrofitting passive cooling strategies to combat heat stress in the face of climate change: A case study of ready-made garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Energy and Buildings, 286, 112954. Read publication

Cheng, C., Hughes, L. (2023). The role for offshore wind power in renewable hydrogen production in Australia. Journal of Cleaner Production, 391, 136223. Read publication

Goh, Q. H., Zhang, L., Ho, Y. K., Chew, I. M. L. (2023). Modelling and multi-objective optimisation of sustainable solar-biomass-based hydrogen and electricity co-supply hub using metaheuristic-TOPSIS approach. Energy Conservation and Management, 293, 117484. Read publication

Hamzah, A. H., Go, Y. I. (2023). Design and assessment of building integrated PV (BIPV) system towards net zero energy building for tropical climate. Advances in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Energy, 3, 100105. Read publication

Karimi-Arpanahi, S. Pourmousavi, S. A., Mahdavi, N. (2023). Quantifying the predictability of renewable energy data for improving power systems decision making. Patterns, 4 (4), 100708. Read publication

Li, Z., Feng, X., Sun, J., Li, C., Wenxuan, Y., Fang, Z. (2023). STMRT: A simple tree canopy radiative transfer model for outdoor mean radiant temperature. Building and Environment, 228, 109846. Read publication

Mendyl, A., Mabasa, B., Bouzghiba, H., Weidinger, T. (2023) Calibration and validation of global horizontal irradiance clear sky models against McClear clear sky model in Morocco. Applied Sciences. Read publication

Pan, H. & Zhao, D. (2023). An improved model for performance predicting and optimization of wearable thermoelectric generators with radiative cooling. Energy Conversion and Management, 284, 116981. Read publication

Pimentel, J., Balazs, L., Friedler, F. (2023). Optimization of vertical farms energy efficiency via multiperiodic graph-theoretical approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, 416, 137938. Read publication

Pochont, N. R., Y, R. S. (2023). Recent trends in photovoltaic technologies for sustainable transportation in passenger vehicles - A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 181, 113317. Read publication

Sartori, I. et al. (2023). Sub-hourly measurement datasets from 6 real buildings: Energy use and indoor climate. Data in Brief, 48, 109149. Read publication


Fialho, F. S. (2022). Power Share: AI energy sensor interface for Google Home/Assistant. Read publication

Giglio, E., Luzzani, G., Terranova, V., Trivigno, G., Niccolai, A., Grimaccia, F. (2022). An Efficient Artificial Intelligence Energy Management System for Urban Building Integrating Photovoltaic and Storage. IEEE Access, 11, (pp. 18673-18688). Read publication

Grbcic, L. et al. (2022). Coastal water quality prediction based on machine learning with feature interpretation and spatio-temporal analysis. Environmental Modelling and Software, 115, 105458. Read publication

Khairi, N. H. M., Akimoto, Y., Okajima, K. (2022). Suitability of rooftop photovoltaic at educational building towards energy sustainability in Malaysia. Sustainable Horizons, 4, 100032. Read publication

Mabasa, B., Lysko, M. D., Moloi, S. J. (2022). Comparison of satellite-based and Ångström–Prescott estimated global horizontal irradiance under different cloud cover conditions in South African locations. Solar. 2(3):354-374. Read publication

Nikdel, L., Agee, P., Reichard, G., McCoy, A. (2022). Net zero energy housing: An empirical analysis from measured data. Energy & Buildings, 270, 112275. Read publication

Patel, P., Patel, R., Shah, K., Kale, S., Shah, P. (2022). District Cooling System with Solar based Vapor Absorption Chiller: A Techno-economic Case Study. Applied Energy Symposium: MIT A+B, 6932. Read publication

Rocha, P. A. C. & Santos, V. O. (2022). Global horizontal and direct normal solar irradiance modeling by the machine learning methods XGBoost and deep neural networks with CNN-LSTM layers: a case study using the GOES-16 satellite imagery, International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering volume 13, p. 1271–1286. Read publication

Zhang, S. & Yan, Y. (2022). Thermal performance of latent heat energy storage system with/without enhancement under solar fluctuation for Organic Rankine power cycle. Energy Conversion and Management, 270, 116276. Read publication


Aigner, B. L. S. (2021). System modeling and dispatch schedule optimization of combined PV battery system using linear optimization. Read publication

Al-Humaid, Y. M., Khan, K. A., Abdulgalil, M. A., Khalid, M. (2021). Two-stage stochastic optimization of sodium sulfur energy storage technology in hybrid renewable power systems. IEEE Access (pp. 99) 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3133261. Read publication

Mabasa, B., Lysko, M. D., Moloi, S.J. (2021). Validating hourly satellite based and reanalysis based global horizontal irradiance datasets over South Africa. Geomatics. Read publication

Lu, B., Blakers, A., Stocks, M., Do, T. N. (2021). Low-cost, low-emission 100% renewable electricity in Southeast Asia supported by pumped hydro storage. Energy, 236, 121387. Read publication

Mrcela, Josip. (2021). Technical and economic evaluation of a community based hybrid power system. Read publication

Nixon, J. D., Bhargava, K., Halford, A., Gaura, E. (2021). Analysis of standalone solar streetlights for improved energy access in displaced settlements. Renewable Energy, 117, (pp. 895-914). Read publication

Pinel, D., Korpas, M., Lindberg, K. B. (2021). Impact of the CO2 factor of electricity and the external CO2 compensation price on zero emission neighborhoods' energy system design. Building and Environment, 187, 107418. Read publication

Yazdanie, M. & Zhou, C. (2021). Sustainable long-term energy planning for a district in Suzhou City, China. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 2042, 012109. Read publication


Chiteka, K., Arora, R., Sridhara, S. N., Enweremadu, C. C. (2020). A novel approach to solar PV cleaning frequency optimization for soiling mitigation. Scientific African, 8, e00459. Read publication

Jayawardana, A. (2020). Development of a model predictive control method to optmise the operation of a residential system with battery storage and solar PV generation. Read publication

Neven-du Mont, S., Heinrich, M., Pfreundt, A., Kutter, C., Tummalieh, A., Neuhaus, D.-H. (2020). Energy yield modelling of 2D and 3D curved photovoltaic modules. In European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) 2020. Read publication

Pinel, Dimitri (2020). Clustering methods assessment for investment in zero emission neighborhoods' energy system. Electrical Power and Energy Systems, 121, 106088. Read publication

Torres Padin, Macros. (2020). A LoRa-based framework with applications to Smart Buildings. Read publication


Validation and benchmarking studies

Bright, Jamie. (2019). Solcast: Validation of a satellite-derived solar irradiance dataset. Solar Energy. 189. 435-449. 10.1016/j.solener.2019.07.086. Read publication

Other studies

Bright, J. M., Killinger, S., & Engerer, N. A. (2019). Data article: Distributed PV power data for three cities in Australia. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 11(3), 035504. Read publication

Ernst, M., & Gooday, J. (2019). Methodology for generating high time resolution typical meteorological year data for accurate photovoltaic energy yield modelling. Solar Energy, 189, 299-306. Read publication

Ferreira, J., David, J. M. N., Braga, R., Campos, F., Ströele, V., & de Aguiar, L. (2019, May). Supporting the Collaborative Research through Semantic Data Integration. In 2019 IEEE 23rd International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design (CSCWD) (pp. 319-324). IEEE. Read publication

Petrichenko, L., Zemite, L., Sauhats, A., Klementavicius, A., & Grickevics, K. (2019, June). A Comparative Analysis of Supporting Policies for Solar PV systems in the Baltic Countries. In 2019 IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering and 2019 IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Europe (EEEIC/I&CPS Europe) (pp. 1-7). IEEE. Read publication


Bean, R., & Khan, H. (2018). Using solar and load predictions in battery scheduling at the residential level. arXiv preprint arXiv:1810.11178. Read publication

Bright, J. M., Killinger, S., Lingfors, D., & Engerer, N. A. (2018). Improved satellite-derived PV power nowcasting using real-time power data from reference PV systems. Solar Energy, 168, 118-139. Read publication

Keerthisinghe, C., Chapman, A. C., & Verbič, G. (2018). PV and Demand Models for a Markov Decision Process Formulation of the Home Energy Management Problem. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 66(2), 1424-1433. Read publication

Keerthisinghe, C., Chapman, A. C., & Verbič, G. (2018). Energy management of PV-storage systems: Policy approximations using machine learning. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 15(1), 257-265. Read publication

Xia, C., Li, W., Chang, X., Delicato, F., Yang, T., & Zomaya, A. (2018, August). Edge-based energy management for smart homes. In 2018 IEEE 16th Intl Conf on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, 16th Intl Conf on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, 4th Intl Conf on Big Data Intelligence and Computing and Cyber Science and Technology Congress (DASC/PiCom/DataCom/CyberSciTech) (pp. 849-856). IEEE. Read publication


Bright, J. M., Killinger, S., Lingfors, D., & Engerer, N. A. (2017). Integration of distributed solar forecasting with distribution network operations in Australia. In ISES Solar World Congress 2017. Read publication

Engerer, N. (2017). Forecasting technology: How to stay ahead of the clouds. Ecogeneration, (100), 32. Read publication

Killinger, S., Bright, J. M., Lingfors, D., & Engerer, N. A. (2017). Towards a Tuning Method of PV Power Measurements to Balance Systematic Influences. In ISES Solar World Congress 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 29-November 2. Read publication