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Task 46: Best Practices: Solar Irradiance Measurements with Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers (Summary from SHC Newsletter)
Task 46: Best Practices: Solar Irradiance Measurements with Rotating Shadowband Irradiometers (Summary from SHC Newsletter)
November 2015 - PDF 0.16MB
By: S. Wilbert, N. Geuder, M. Schwandt, B. Kraas, W. Jessen, R. Meyer, B. Nouri
Publisher: IEA SHC
Large-scale solar thermal projects, such as those producing industrial process heat for mining areas in Chile or district heating in Denmark, require diligent solar resource assessments. Unfortunately, high accuracy irradiance data are scarcely available in many regions, which are attractive for solar energy applications. This holds especially true for solar thermal technologies using concentrating collectors to produce high temperatures. For these systems, the focus of the resource assessment lies on direct normal, or beam irradiance (DNI). Satellite data can only be used in combination with ground data to estimate inter-annual variability and longterm mean values. Hence, new ground measurements have to be collected for projects using concentrating collectors, such as high temperature process heat or district heating systems. Read Full Report: http://task46.iea-shc.org/data/sites/1/publications/INSRSI_IEA-Task46B1_BestPractices-RSI_150819.pdf