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Category Archives: Solar
The Earth’s atmosphere has several effects on terrestrial radiation. The figure below depicts the relative importance of atmospheric impacts on the sunlight striking the Earth’s surface. The process poster also depicts the solar energy balance of the Earth-atmosphere system.
The major impacts of the atmosphere on sunlight include:
- A reduction in solar radiation and change in spectral content given atmospheric absorption;
“I’d put my money on the Sun and solar energy, what a source of power! We shouldn’t wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
– Thomas Edison in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931
Solar radiation data is best obtained direct from sensors, be it ground stations, satellite observation networks, or modeled solutions that combine both. To this end, solar data is available from various databases, modeling projects, and commercial venders….all with varying degrees of quality.
The Solar Energy section of New Energy Research provides data and information on solar energy assessment and PV performance modeling. Chapter topics are illustrated in the process poster and subject links below.
Solar resource and engineering performance assessment have several distinct modeling steps. Section chapters represent different steps in the modeling and due diligence process:
Total Solar Irradiance and the Solar Constant
Extraterrestrial irradiance refers to solar irradiance outside the earth’s atmosphere. Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) is the amount of incoming solar electromagnetic radiation per unit area at the top of the Earth’s atmosphere (TOA). The solar constant is the mean TSI.
Weather data sources are presented that were collated to support wind and solar resource assessment, engineering design, and power system monitoring. Data sources include ground stations, satellite observation networks, reanalysis data, forecasts systems, and aerosol models.
All links and content have been extracted from data source websites to facilitate ease of access to data servers. Please contribute if you find links have changed or data product definitions should be updated.
Aerosols directly and indirectly effect the Earth’s radiation budget and climate. As a direct effect, aerosols absorb and scatter sunlight, affecting the spectral intensity of solar radiation reaching the earth’s surface. As an indirect effect, atmospheric aerosols modify cloud formation processes and how clouds affect the energy budget.
The Western EIM (Energy Imbalance Market) is an interregional exchange that is gaining ground as CAISO adopts a larger share of renewable energy production.
What is the Western EIM?
Grid operators use the EIM’s advanced market systems to find the lowest-cost energy to serve real-time customer demand across a wide geographic area. EIM provides transparency on the status of multiple grids.
For the first time, U.S. wind and solar production in March exceeded 10% of total electricity generation, based on March data in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly.
The record contribution for non-hydro renewables comes amid surging installations of both wind and solar in the US, with 14.8GW of solar and 8.2GW of wind added in 2016. On an annual basis, wind and solar made up 7% of total U.S. electric generation.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, announced the project. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai was also present.
Solar innovation is widespread. Examples include solar cell efficiency, module manufacturing, and learning innovations with solar system installation and operation. Solar pricing and growth are also supported by innovations in enabling technology, such as battery storage, smart grids and electric vehicles.