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LABREN - Laboratory of Modeling and Studies of Renewable Energy Resources

The LABREN multidisciplinary laboratory, part of the Earth System Science Center (CCST), one of the coordinations of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), carries out research and teaching activities in the field of meteorology applied to the energy sector, with emphasis on the relationship between energy and climate system, through the employment of satellite data, computer modeling activities and observational data in the field.

Within the field activities, the LABREN installed and maintains the SONDA data collection network that comprises solarimetric stations measuring global solar incident radiation, diffuse, direct normal, PAR, illuminance, solar spectrophotometry and additional meteorological data, as well as wind towers 50 meters high equipped with anemometers and thermometers in two heights, 25 and 50 meters. The SONDA stations are located in the major climate macro-regions of Brazil.

The LABREN maintains the SONDA network website. Qualified data collected by the network stations are available in the website.

Research fields


The laboratory is installed on the CCST headquarters in São José dos Campos, state of São Paulo, Brazil, in an area of 75 m 2. It counts on several high-performance computers for the development, improvement and testing of models, in addition to having access to supercomputer Tupã, from INPE, for final processing. Field logistics is held in partnership with the Meteorological Instrumentation Laboratory (LIM), from CPTEC (Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Research), also part of INPE, located in Cachoeira Paulista, state of São Paulo.

Organizacional situation

Integration and Testing Laboratory LIT Associated Laboratories Coordination CTE Sino Brazilian Satellite Program Coordination CBE Screening and Control of Satellite Center CRC Regional Centers Coordination CCR Technology Management Coordination TEC Internal Management Coordination CGI Budgetary and Financial Coordination COF Coordination of Strategic Planning and Evaluation CPA Engineering and Space Technology General Coordination ETE Weather Forecast and Climate Studies Center CPT Earth Observation General Coordination OBT Space and Atmospheric Sciences General Coordination CEA Director DIR



INPE - National Institute for Space Research / CCST - Earth System Science Center


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