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Solar Resources

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2003
Author(s): Roland L. Hulstrom
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: Power, Energy, & Industry Applications
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Abstract

Solar Resources takes stock of the resource - sunlight - on which any plan for solar heat conversion technologies must be based. It describes the evolution of theoretical models, algorithms, and equipment for measuring, analyzing, and predicting the quantity and composition of solar radiation, and it reviews and directs readers to insolation databases and other references that have been compiled since 1975. Following an overview of solar energy research by the editor, Raymond J. Bahm presents a comprehensive guide to available insolation databases and other information resources in the United States. Charles M. Randall and Richard Bird discuss the theoretical models and algorithms used to characterize the transference of solar radiation through the earth's atmosphere. Their chapter also addresses the important question of the accuracy of the data sets produced by the various modeling methods and algorithms. The National Weather Service (NWS) monitoring network and other major monitoring networks in the United States are discussed by Kirby Hanson and Thomas Stoffel. And Eugene Zerlaut covers the instrumentation used to measure total solar irradiance and spectral solar irradiance; he describes types of equipment, their manufacturers, procedures for calibration, and the accuracy of the data produced. Richard Bird and Carol Riordan explain the nature of spectral solar irradiance at the earth's surface, and John Jensenius describes the NWS Operational Solar Insolation Forecast System, which predicts the daily total global-horizontal insolation for two days. In the concluding chapter, Claude Robbins summarizes daylighting models and resources, and details methods for converting insolation date to illuminance data. Solar Resources is volume 2 in the series Solar Heat Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications, edited by Charles A. Bankston

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      Front Matter

      Page(s): i - xxi
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Half Title, Solar Heat Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications, Title, Copyright, Contents, Series Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgments View full abstract»

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      Introduction

      Page(s): 1 - 8
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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Federal Role, The History of Federal Insolation Resource Assessment, Book Overview View full abstract»

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      Insolation Data Bases and Resources in the United States

      Page(s): 9 - 59
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Insolation Measurement, Data Processing, Archiving, and Data Presentation, Uses of Insolation Data, Available Insolation Data Bases for the United States, Need for the Future, Acknowledgments, References View full abstract»

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      Insolation Models and Algorithms

      Page(s): 61 - 141
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Insolation Modeling Approaches, Global Insolation Models, Direct Insolation Models, Models for Estimating Insolation on Flat, Tilted Collection, Recommendations, References View full abstract»

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      Solar Radiation Monitoring Networks

      Page(s): 143 - 171
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Historical Perspective, U.S. National Solar Monitoring Network, Other Solar Monitoring Networks, Summary, References View full abstract»

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      Solar Radiation Monitoring Networks

      Page(s): 173 - 308
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Problems in Solar Radiation Measurements, Instrumentation for Measurements of Total Solar Irradiance, Instrumentation for Measuring Solar Spectral Irradiance, Maintaining the World Radiation Reference Scale, Maintaining the Absolute WRR Scale in tbe United States (The New River Intercomparisons), National and International Activities in Calibrating of Pyranometers, National and International Standardization, Calibration Standards for Pyrheliometry, Calibration Standards for Pyranometry, Appendix: List of World and Regional Radiation Centers, Notes, References View full abstract»

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      Spectral Terrestrial Solar Radiation

      Page(s): 309 - 333
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Spectral Solar Radiation Modeling, Spectral Solar Radiation Measurements, Summary, References View full abstract»

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      Insolation Forecasting

      Page(s): 335 - 349
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Solar Forecast Research and Development, The NWS Operational Solar Insolation Forecast System, Summary, References View full abstract»

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      Illuminance Models and Resources in the United States

      Page(s): 351 - 397
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, General Illuminance Models, A Sunlight Probability Model for Daylighting Applications, Conclusions, References View full abstract»

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      Contributors

      Page(s): 399 - 403
      Copyright Year: 2003

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      Solar Resources takes stock of the resource - sunlight - on which any plan for solar heat conversion technologies must be based. It describes the evolution of theoretical models, algorithms, and equipment for measuring, analyzing, and predicting the quantity and composition of solar radiation, and it reviews and directs readers to insolation databases and other references that have been compiled since 1975. Following an overview of solar energy research by the editor, Raymond J. Bahm presents a comprehensive guide to available insolation databases and other information resources in the United States. Charles M. Randall and Richard Bird discuss the theoretical models and algorithms used to characterize the transference of solar radiation through the earth's atmosphere. Their chapter also addresses the important question of the accuracy of the data sets produced by the various modeling methods and algorithms. The National Weather Service (NWS) monitoring network and other major monitoring networks in the United States are discussed by Kirby Hanson and Thomas Stoffel. And Eugene Zerlaut covers the instrumentation used to measure total solar irradiance and spectral solar irradiance; he describes types of equipment, their manufacturers, procedures for calibration, and the accuracy of the data produced. Richard Bird and Carol Riordan explain the nature of spectral solar irradiance at the earth's surface, and John Jensenius describes the NWS Operational Solar Insolation Forecast System, which predicts the daily total global-horizontal insolation for two days. In the concluding chapter, Claude Robbins summarizes daylighting models and resources, and details methods for converting insolation date to illuminance data. Solar Resources is volume 2 in the series Solar Heat Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications, edited by Charles A. Bankston View full abstract»

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      Index

      Page(s): 405 - 408
      Copyright Year: 2003

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      Solar Resources takes stock of the resource - sunlight - on which any plan for solar heat conversion technologies must be based. It describes the evolution of theoretical models, algorithms, and equipment for measuring, analyzing, and predicting the quantity and composition of solar radiation, and it reviews and directs readers to insolation databases and other references that have been compiled since 1975. Following an overview of solar energy research by the editor, Raymond J. Bahm presents a comprehensive guide to available insolation databases and other information resources in the United States. Charles M. Randall and Richard Bird discuss the theoretical models and algorithms used to characterize the transference of solar radiation through the earth's atmosphere. Their chapter also addresses the important question of the accuracy of the data sets produced by the various modeling methods and algorithms. The National Weather Service (NWS) monitoring network and other major monitoring networks in the United States are discussed by Kirby Hanson and Thomas Stoffel. And Eugene Zerlaut covers the instrumentation used to measure total solar irradiance and spectral solar irradiance; he describes types of equipment, their manufacturers, procedures for calibration, and the accuracy of the data produced. Richard Bird and Carol Riordan explain the nature of spectral solar irradiance at the earth's surface, and John Jensenius describes the NWS Operational Solar Insolation Forecast System, which predicts the daily total global-horizontal insolation for two days. In the concluding chapter, Claude Robbins summarizes daylighting models and resources, and details methods for converting insolation date to illuminance data. Solar Resources is volume 2 in the series Solar Heat Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications, edited by Charles A. Bankston View full abstract»