Solar Radiation Monitoring Articles

  • Application of adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) for modeling solar still productivity

    Climate change is a major challenge to humankind. Solar desalination is a strategic option for overcoming water scarcity as a result of climate change. Modeling of solar still productivity (SSP) plays a significant role in the success of a solar desalination project to optimize capital expenditures and maximize production. A solar still was used to desalinate seawater in this study. An ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • A robust data logger provided key temperature information during trials of the Solar Team Great Britain vehicle

    Trials in Australia of the Team’s entry for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge included using a Tinytag data logger to provide valuable performance data with regard to temperature fluctuations, to help optimise the vehicle design. Solar Team Great Britain is building a solar-powered car to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October 2017. Racing across Australia from ...


    By Gemini Data Loggers Ltd

  • Artificial intelligence for predicting solar still production and comparison with stepwise regression under arid climate

    Forecasting the efficiency of solar still production (SSP) can reduce the capital risks involved in a solar desalination project. Solar desalination is an attractive method of water desalination and offers a more reliable water source. In this study, to estimate SSP, we employed the data obtained from experimental fieldwork. SSP is assumed to be a function of ambient temperature, relative ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 5 Reasons to Go Solar Today

    Homeowners everywhere are enjoying the cost savings and environmental benefits of solar power.  Going solar has never been easier, and never more popular. So why should you go solar today? Save Money Many homeowners don’t realize the savings they can reap by installing solar panels on their roof.   ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • Solar Glossary of Terms

    If you are new to the solar world, there are a few phrases you need to master in order to expertly navigate your way to the best solar installation for home. Here is a brief explanation of all the terms you may encounter during your solar journey. Energy Audit This is an audit conducted by a professional that measures electricity usage in the home. The results allow homeowners to ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • 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

  • Solar Glossary of Terms

    If you are new to the solar world, there are a few phrases you need to master in order to expertly navigate your way to the best solar installation for home. Here is a brief explanation of all the terms you may encounter during your solar journey. Energy Audit This is an audit conducted by a professional that measures electricity usage in the ...


    By NRG Solar LLC

  • Wastewater containing Cr(VI) treatment using solar tubular reactor

    The hexavalent chromium, Cr(VI), which is generated in the electroplating process, is toxic to most organisms and potentially harmful to human health. The method generally used for remediation of wastewater containing Cr(VI) employs chemicals with high toxicity. This work proposes an alternative technology for the treatment of these wastewaters, based on photochemical reduction of Cr(VI) by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Dual Telemetry with GOES

    Make GOES more effective and reliable with a secondary telemetry option. GOES, for all it’s no-cost, reliable virtues, has some drawbacks. First, it’s a one-way transmission—there’s no way of sending any data to your station. This means there’s no way to reprogram a data logger or reboot a stuck data logger or purge a bubbler without (an unplanned) visit to the site. ...

  • Messing with the monsoon: Study: Manmade aerosols can alter rainfall in the world’s most populous region

    Original story at MIT  On the Indian subcontinent, the widespread burning of firewood, coal, agricultural waste, and biomass for energy disperses black carbon particulates into the atmosphere. These manmade aerosols not only pollute the air, but also form an “atmospheric brown cloud” that’s disrupting the local ...

  • Comparative investigation of artificial neural network learning algorithms for modeling solar still production

    Three artificial neural network learning algorithms were utilized to forecast the productivity (MD) of a solar still operating in a hyper-arid environment. The learning algorithms were the Levenberg–Marquardt (LM), the conjugate gradient backpropagation with Fletcher–Reeves restarts, and the resilient backpropagation. The Julian day, ambient air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Q&A: Patrick Wagnon on glaciers and climate change

    Patrick Wagnon is a glaciologist at the Institute of Research for Development in France, and a visiting scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a global ‘glacier chaser’, he has summited some of the highest mountains in the world, including the 8,516 metre Lhotse in the Himalayas. In 2001, Wagnon and his fellow glaciologist ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Design, control and performance analysis of a standalone solar–PV energy generating system

    This paper presents the design, control and performance of a low power standalone solar–photovoltaic (PV) energy generating system. The system includes a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) controller along with a full bridge DC–DC converter, an energy storage system and a voltage source inverter (VSI). The detailed design and modelling of the system components are given with incremental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • New white papers added to the SPN1 Sunshine Pyranometer Online Resource Centre

    Two notable new research papers have been added to the fast growing SPN1 Sunshine Pyranometer online resource centre. The SPN1 Resource Centre is designed to help visitors fully understand the workings and benefits of the SPN1 (including calculation of DNI), and to provide access to the latest SPN1-related ...


    By Delta-T Devices Ltd.

  • Measuring of the Sunshine Duration

    The WMO (World Meteorological Organization) defines the Sunshine Duration as the time during which the direct solar radiation exceeds the level of 120 W/m2.   The DeltaOHM sensor LPSD18, performs the measure of radiation with an array of photodiodes arranged in a particular geometry which allows to obtain an accurate measurement in any ...


    By Delta OHM S.r.L.

  • Competitive without subsidies: Navigating the booming solar market in Chile

    By Susan Kraemer on Nov 11, 2014 Solar developers are flocking to the recently opened new market for renewable energy in Chile, a nation dependent on imported diesel, coal and gas, no fossil fuel subsidies and the world’s best insolation. But what are the on-the-ground challenges? Chile is a long narrow ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Interpretation of statistics of lake ice time series for climate variability

    Lake ice time series consist of the dates of freezing and ice break-up for the ice phenology, and ice coverage and ice thicknesses for the severity of ice seasons. This work analyses the physical interpretation of the statistics of lake ice time series illustrated by available data. The results provide tools to understand variations in the past lake ice seasons and to make projections into the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • China’s Solar Panel Production to Double by 2017

    China installed a world record amount of solar photovoltaics (PV) capacity in 2013. While this was the first time the country was the number one installer, China has led all countries in making PV for the better part of a decade. China now accounts for 64 percent of global solar panel ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • The Burning Facts About Solar

    Did you know that solar Energy comes in different forms?  As we all know, the development of solar energy is important because of its great contribution to our electricity sources. We might even think that it is just a simple development that deals about replacing and becoming one of the alternatives for our electricity sources that we can find. When talking about the development of solar ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Calibration of selected pyranometers and satellite derived solar radiation in Puerto Rico

    Knowledge of solar radiation at the ground surface is valuable for many disciplines. In this study, ground–based sensors at Fortuna and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, were used to calibrate daily–integrated satellite–derived solar radiation. The calibration equations yielded R² values of 0.88 and 0.83 at Fortuna and Mayaguez, respectively. A regression equation was also derived ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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