Solar energy calculations

Keith Holbert, Devarajan Srinivasan

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This chapter presents calculations of the position of the sun as a function of location, date and time. In addition, direct, diffuse and reflected components of solar insolation on a tilted surface can be determined. This computational approach is applicable to both thermal collection/conversion processes and photovoltaics (PV). Although sun charts are widely used, there are situations where charts are inadequate and precise computations are preferred. For example, consider fixed PV modules atop residential or industrial buildings in which the value of the electricity varies with date and time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Renewable Energy Technology
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789814289078
ISBN (Print)981428906X, 9789814289061
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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