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Title: Experimental measurement and mathematical modelling of meteorological parameters for solar energy applications
Author: Al-Ayfari, Hadi H. K.
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1986
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A new meteorological research station has been established and set up in the Solar Energy Laboratory which measures solar radiation (total and diffuse) on a horizontal surface, ambient air temperature, wind speed and wind direction. An inexpensive data logger based on an APPLE II microcomputer was designed and built. This data logger was used for more than 21 months and provided processed data for transcribing onto a main frame computer. A microdata (M1600L) microprocessor based automatic data logger was used later for the continuous monitoring of measured parameters. Four years of monitored data were used for analysis. Two mathematical models have been developed for the estimation of both total and diffuse solar radiation on a horizontal surface from different meteorological parameters. Several mathematical models developed by others were used to relate solar radiation and meteorological parameters measured in Birmingham. The results of these were compared, analysed and the best six were identified. The best models were tested and evaluated with (a) Birmingham data, (b) data from nine different sites in Europe. The best results show that the Birmingham models give the best estimation for total and diffuse solar radiation. The work reported here forms part of a continuous project of the Solar Energy Laboratory in meteorological research applied to solar energy utilization.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: GE Environmental Sciences ; TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery