Resource assessment and site selection for solar heating and cooling systems

D.S. Renné     Dave Renné Renewables, LLC, Boulder, CO, United States


This chapter focuses on solar resources: how solar resource information is obtained and how it is used to assess the energy available to flat plate and concentrating collectors commonly used in solar heating and cooling applications. Owing to the variability of the resource in both time and space, care must be taken to ensure that the characteristics and accuracy of the resource data are well understood for assessing solar system performance. The chapter first provides several key definitions of solar resources, including definitions for solar radiation, radiant energy (or radiance), irradiance, ...

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