global solar radiation News

  • NREL updates solar radiation database

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and collaborators released a 20-year updated version of the U.S. National Solar Radiation Database, a web-based technical report that provides critical information about solar and meteorological data for 1,454 locations in the U.S. and its territories. The updated database covers 1991-2010 and includes data ...

  • Climate models may be overestimating the cooling effect of wildfire aerosols

    Original story at MIT News Whether intentionally set to consume agricultural waste or naturally ignited in forests or peatlands, open-burning fires impact the global climate system in two ways which, to some extent, cancel each other out. On one hand, they generate a significant fraction of ...

  • Keeping an Eye on National Radiation

    Untitled Document The software and environment specialist TechniData modernises the radioactivity monitoring network in Ireland. The new monitoring network for the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland ...


  • New climatology on clouds and radiation from weather satellite data

    The properties and distribution of clouds around the globe are important to climate research. There is now a 28-year compilation of clouds and radiation – a cloud climatology – based on data from polar satellites. The Earth’s climate is largely determined by incoming solar radiation. Clouds help to reflect some of the radiation away. “Roughly 30 per cent of the ...

  • Solar cycle not to blame for warming

    European scientists have dug deep to dismiss once again the old argument that climate change might be a consequence of solar radiation rather than atmospheric chemistry. The world is warming, they confirm, because more greenhouse gases are getting into the atmosphere, and the changes in the solar cycle are not a significant ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Analyzing Solar Power Technologies

    Analyzing Solar Power Technologies  Solar Power Technologies Market  The solar PV market has been booming over the last years and is forecasted to confirm this ...


  • Global Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Market By Grid Type (Grid-Connected, Off-Grid) Market 2012-2018 - Industry Trends,Players,opportunity,fore

    Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems are used to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. Solar radiation is trapped and converted to electricity via solar PV panels. The solar PV systems generate electricity with negligible carbon emissions thereby cutting the carbon level in the environment. Solar energy is freely and abundantly available, eliminating the cost involved in fuel input. ...


  • SMHI develops forecasts for the solar energy sector

    Short-term forecasts for direct solar radiation will be developed by researchers from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) within the framework of a European research project on solar energy. A forecast of the amount of solar radiation and coming cloudiness would be of great benefit to the solar energy sector. “A large amount of cloud cover is highly ...

  • New figures on the impact of aviation on global climate change

    The contribution of aviation to climate change is increasing. A recent study uses radiative forcing (RF) to quantify and update values on the impact of aviation on the climate. It reveals an increase in total aviation RF of 14 per cent over the period 2000-2005. Radiative forcing (RF) is a measure of the imbalance between incoming solar radiation and outgoing infrared radiation at the surface of ...

  • Global Energy Harvesting Market by Technology, Application and Geography

     Energy Harvesting Market – Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 – 2017) By Technology (Light, Thermoelectric, Vibration, Electromagnetic, Fluid & Others), Application (Aerospace & Military, Consumer Electronics, Building & Home Automation, Wireless Sensor Networks, Industrial/Manufacturing, Bicycle Dynamo) & Geography”   Energy harvesting is the ...


  • Solar Power 2011 - Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

    By J. Matthew Roney Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output. Annual PV production has grown nearly 100-fold since 2000, when just 277 megawatts of cells were made.  Newly installed PV also set a record in 2010, as 16,600 megawatts were installed in more than 100 countries.  This brought ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Canadian Solar Supplied 3.3 MW of Solar Modules for PV Project in Bulgaria

      ONTARIO, Canada, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. ("Canadian Solar" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced its further strategic expansion into South-East Europe by supplying 3.3 MW of solar modules for a PV project in Bulgaria. The solar power plant was built in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city, on ...


    By Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI)

  • NASA to Launch Global Warming Satellite After Loss

    Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy - this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes. Some of the carbon dioxide is sucked up by trees and oceans, and the rest is lofted into the atmosphere, ...


    By Associated Press

  • What can we do about global warming?

    Science suggests that to mitigate the human contribution to global warming, we should reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Because some additional warming is inevitable-even if we achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions quickly-we should make plans to adapt to coming climate change. If we are unable to control emissions and/or adapt to unavoidable changes quickly ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Global Markets, Technologies and Devices for Energy Harvesting

    Energy harvesters are interesting examples of nascent yet sophisticated technologies based on well-established scientific theories.  The average age of the scientific theories underlying the energy conversion technologies covered in this report is in the range of a hundred years.  Some energy harvesters, such as photovoltaic (PV) harvesters, are a mature, well-established technology; ...


  • Global Climate in 2014 marked by extreme heat and flooding

    Record ocean heat, high land-surface temperatures and devastating flooding were some of the defining characteristics of the global climate in 2014, which was nominally the warmest year on record, although by a very small margin, according to a detailed analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO Statement on the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Future SI standard for solar irradiance delivered to Switzerland

    Scientists from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have installed a Cryogenic Solar Absolute Radiometer (CSAR) at the Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos World Radiation Center (PMOD/WRC) in Switzerland. CSAR is expected to replace the current standard for Direct Solar Radiation, significantly improving our knowledge and confidence for global climate research. Direct ...

  • Global Climate in 2014 marked by extreme heat and flooding

    Record ocean heat, high land-surface temperatures and devastating flooding were some of the defining characteristics of the global climate in 2014, which was nominally the warmest year on record, although by a very small margin, according to a detailed analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO Statement on the ...

  • Weather Stations Monitor Solar Panel Arrays

    Columbia Weather Systems has added two ISO second-class compliant solar radiation sensors as options for its Weather MicroServer to improve monitoring the efficiency of solar panel arrays. The Kipp and Zonen (top) and Hukseflux thermopile-based sensors can be mounted horizontally for global radiation measurement or at plane of array (POA) for PV solar applications. With high performance and ...

  • Tough climate persists for the solar photovoltaic industry

    Despite talk of the global economy emerging from recessionary times, many companies in the green energy sector continue to face a tough climate.  Indeed, a 40% cut in the global price of silicon wafers resulted in UK-based PV Crystalox Solar reporting earnings for the first six months of 2010 of €12.4m compared to €35.2m in the comparable period of 2009. Iain Dorrity, CEO of ...


    By Research Analysts Ltd

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