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Solar Energy Engineering by Soteris A. Kalogirou

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Chapter eleven

Designing and Modeling Solar Energy Systems

The proper sizing of the components of a solar energy system is a complex problem, which includes both predictable (collector and other components performance characteristics) and unpredictable (weather data) components. In this chapter, various design methods are presented as well as an overview of the simulation techniques and programs suitable for solar heating and cooling systems. A brief review of artificial intelligence methods and their applications in solar energy systems is also presented.

The design methods presented include the f-chart, utilizability Φ, and the image , f-chart method. ...

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