photovoltaic solar radiation Articles

  • Selection and economical evaluation of solar desalination technologies via DesalSolar software

    Worldwide projection indicated that in 2020 the situation of water resources in Iran reach to scarcity. Besides, global warming and energy crisis have forced countries to use renewable energy resources. Solar desalination technologies particularly in remote area of Iran could be a method to emancipate from this crisis. In this paper, all kind of desalination technologies were reviewed. Then, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Germany’s solar subsidy amendments switch demand from fields to roofs

    Germany’s upper house of parliament took the decision last week to back some key changes to solar power subsidies, making private dwelling rooftop solar power systems far more attractive this summer. Last May, the German coalition government had proposed cuts of 16% in the so-called feed-in tariffs offered for such rooftop solar panels.  They included plans ...


  • Experimental evaluation of a low pressure desalination system (NF-PV), without battery support, for application in sustainable agriculture in rural areas

    Desalination driven by solar energy represents an appealing solution for agricultural irrigation in remote areas. In this work, a desalination system based on a photovoltaic-powered nanofiltration (NF-PV) membrane is studied. The experimental work explored the effect of the influent concentration and solar radiation on permeate production, energy consumption, recovery rate and quality of the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Pyrometers improve quality and yield in silicon growth

    Temperature control has always been one of the most critical parameters in optimizing many complicated solar photovoltaic manufacturing processes because it plays an important role in producing higher-quality product and increasing overall yield. Unfortunately, it's also been one of the most difficult things to measure in these processes. Certain applications of radiation pyrometers in ...

  • Harnessing the Sun`s Energy for Water and Space Heating

    The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert solar radiation into electricity, these "solar thermal collectors" use the sun's energy to heat water, space, or both. China had an estimated 168 million square meters (1.8 billion square feet) of rooftop solar thermal collectors ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Helplessly exposed to nature? How lightning storms can be measured

    Each day, there occur about 1,000 thunderstorms with 4-10 million lightning bolts worldwide. In average, 700 people per year are hit by such light discharges, of which 75% of the hits result in long-term damages. Between three and seven cases end fatal. The risk is particularly high in the open field and is fortunately decreasing. The reason for this is that we stay more often inside in cars and ...

  • DNI satellite data truth? - How to handle the difference in values derived from different satellite data providers?

    Technical Top Tip courtesy of Solar Resource Assessment - When it comes to CSP project evaluation, one of the biggest uncertainty factors for the performance is the available Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) at the site. 1. DNI vs. GHI DNI distinguishes significantly from GHI (Global Horizontal Irradiance), which is more applicable for Photovoltaic ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Greening the Built Environment

    ASTM Standards and Products Form the Foundation of Sustainable Construction Efforts Today, a major focal point for the worldwide building industry is the growing demand for sustainable construction. Sustainable, or “green,” construction is focused on the more effective use of resources and ultimately the creation of healthier, energy efficient, more environmentally ...


    By ASTM International

  • CPV market starts to gain momentum

    Talk of a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) market that is about to take off will court derision from some quarters, with sceptics arguing that they’ve heard it all before. But this industry has undoubtedly matured in recent times, and there is very good reason to believe that CPV deployments will rise and rise, offering a great opportunity for makers of triple-junction cells that can fulfil ...


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