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Solar Heating and Cooling Systems by Calin Sebarchievici, Ioan Sarbu

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Chapter 2

Solar Radiation

Abstract

This chapter presents the main characteristics of solar energy and exposes a methodology for calculating and predicting solar radiation including the main computation elements and the estimation of solar radiation on tilted surface likely to be available as input to a solar device or crop at a specific location, orientation, and time.

Keywords

Calculation methodology; Prediction model; Solar angles; Solar constant; Solar radiation; Sun–Earth system geometry

2.1. Generalities

Among the renewable resources, hydro is the predominant source used for electricity generation in several countries. The other significant growth in the renewable sector is solar energy, particularly if the cost of the construction of new solar ...

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