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Solar Radiation: Practical Modeling for Renewable Energy Applications (Paperback)
  • Solar Radiation: Practical Modeling for Renewable Energy Applications (Paperback)

Solar Radiation: Practical Modeling for Renewable Energy Applications (Paperback)

Paperback 210 Pages / Published: 21/04/2017
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Written by a leading scientist with over 35 years of experience working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Solar Radiation: Practical Modeling for Renewable Energy Applications brings together the most widely used, easily implemented concepts and models for estimating broadband and spectral solar radiation data. The author addresses various technical and practical questions about the accuracy of solar radiation measurements and modeling.

While the focus is on engineering models and results, the book does review the fundamentals of solar radiation modeling and solar radiation measurements. It also examines the accuracy of solar radiation modeling and measurements. The majority of the book describes the most popular simple models for estimating broadband and spectral solar resources available to flat plate, concentrating, photovoltaic, solar thermal, and daylighting engineering designs. Sufficient detail is provided for readers to implement the models in assorted development environments.

Covering the nuts and bolts of practical solar radiation modeling applications, this book helps readers translate solar radiation data into viable, real-world renewable energy applications. It answers many how-to questions relating to solar energy conversion systems, solar daylighting, energy efficiency of buildings, and other solar radiation applications.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138075542
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm


This work provides a unique balance of a theoretical treatment and practical application for a broad readership interested in learning and using the latest information on solar radiation modeling. The scope is comprehensive, giving the reader everything from the subject fundamentals to the numerical recipes and technical references for further study. The treatment of uncertainty and the `modeler's toolbox' formed by the appendices are reason enough to have this book.
This is a timely publication for understanding and applying solar resource characterization ... a uniquely comprehensive treatment of the many aspects of modeling broadband and spectral solar irradiance at the Earth's surface. The numerical recipes for modeling solar radiation under clear and cloudy sky conditions make this a very practical reference as well as a useful introduction to the subject. The balanced content is exemplified by the treatment of solar measurements and measurement uncertainty that are key factors in the development and validation of models.
-Tom Stoffel, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory

... a relevant and well-structured tour through the ever-increasing array of radiometric modeling techniques available to researchers. ... an indispensable guide to practitioners and teachers by one of the leading authorities on solar resource modeling. Students will appreciate the worked examples. ... It offers a thorough and long-overdue summary of solar radiometric modeling from one of the most experienced authorities in the field.
-Michael Brooks, University of KwaZulu-Natal

The book gives a unique overview of the models used in the solar radiation community. ... even the more complex models are shown in all details. ... This is a good textbook for students who want to understand and reproduce the models used in solar radiation modeling nowadays.
-Jan Remund, Meteotest

For people looking for better information to understand solar radiation science, measuring techniques, instrumentation uncertainties, and modeling of solar radiation under different orientation and sky conditions, I recommend this book.
-Alemu Tadesse, SunEdison

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