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Estimation of global radiation using clearness index model for sizing photovoltaic system

Kumar, Ravinder and Umanand, L (2005) Estimation of global radiation using clearness index model for sizing photovoltaic system. In: Renewable Energy, 30 (15). pp. 2221-2233.

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A methodology for developing a simple theoretical model for calculating global insolation on a horizontal surface is described in this paper.The input parameters to the model are the latitude of the desired location and the amount of total precipitable water content in the vertical column at that location. Both the parameters are easily measurable with inexpensive instrument such as global positioning system (GPS). The principal idea behind the paper is to have-a model that could be used for designing a photo voltaic system quickly and within reasonable accuracy. The model in this paper has been developed using measured data from 12 locations in India covering length and breadth of the country over a period of 9-22 years. The model is validated by calculating theoretical global insolation for five locations, one in north (New Delhi), one in south (Thir-uvanandapuram),one in east (Kolkata), one in west (Mumbai) and one in central (Nagpur)part of India and comparing them with the measured in solation values for these five locations. The measured values of all these locations had been considered for developing the model. The model is further validated for a location (Goa) whose measured data is not considered for developing the model, by comparing the calculated and measured values of the insolation. Over the range of latitudes covering most parts of India, the error is within 20% of the measured value. This gives the credibility of the model and the methodology used for developing the model for any region in the world.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Renewable Energy
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Modelling;Solar;Insolation;PV
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electronic Systems Engineering (Formerly Centre for Electronic Design & Technology)
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3916

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