Category: EuroSun2008-13

Modeling and Analysis of Chinese Exposure to Solar Radiation Based on the Available Meteorological Data at CMA, China

Yu Qiang1* and Wang Zhifeng2 1,2 Institute of Electrical Engineering, CAS P. O.BOX 2703 Beijing 100190, China Corresponding Author, yuqiang1984@mail. iee. ac. cn Abstract The distribution of solar radiation is very important for choosing sites for solar power tower plants. In this paper the observed data which include solar radiation and sunshine duration of eight […]

Materials, methods and models

In the present work the solar radiation is forecasted with the non-hydrostatic model Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS). This model is providing its forecast weather variables for a horizontal grid of (0.12 x 0.12)° resolution with a sampling interval of 10 min. The model is simulated at the LEPTEN laboratory (Laboratory of Energy Conversion Process […]

Parameters influencing SSI

Clouds regularly cover about 50 % of the earth and represent the most important modulators of radiation in the earth-atmosphere system (Liou 1976). A cloud in libRadtran is characterized by its optical thickness (tc), type (cloud water or ice cloud), height of cloud top (ztop) and bottom (zbot) and the effective radius (ref) particles. Many […]

Ordinary kriging model evaluation

Validation dataset results showed, overall, that the ordinary kriging is able to provide fair estimates. Error values present a seasonal pattern: the summer months shows the lowest RMSE values (in percentage) and the winter months the highest ones. For instance, in October RMSE is 1.44 MJ m-2day-1 (11.21%) and for June RMSE is 1.63 MJ […]


The extraterrestrial solar radiation on the horizontal surface is the function of Latitude of the location. As the solar radiation passes through the earth’s atmosphere, it is further modified by the processes of scattering and absorption due to the presence of the cloud and atmospheric particles. Hence, the solar radiation incident on the horizontal surface […]

Reference values for cloud reflectivity

The cloud reflectivity pc also depends on the sun-satellite geometry. Therefore, different values of pc are calculated using histograms of reflectivity values for classes with similar geometric configurations. Fig. 2 illustrates the approach to assign the cloud reflectivity to each class: The measured histogram is fitted by a superposition of two functions, the first is […]