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Hourly Solar Radiation Model Suitable for Worldwide Typical Weather File Generation

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Donghyun Seo1

Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department,  University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309

Moncef Krarti

Civil Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department,  University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309

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Building Energy Center, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon, S. Korea, 305–343.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 133(4), 041002 (Sep 20, 2011) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4003883 History: Received March 04, 2010; Revised December 05, 2010; Published September 20, 2011; Online September 20, 2011

A new model is developed to predict hourly solar radiation for any climate zone worldwide. The model solar radiation predictions are suitable to generate typical weather files used to evaluate the long-term performance of renewable energy systems and building energy systems. The predictions of the new solar model are compared as well as measured solar radiation data obtained for several weather stations located in various climate zones worldwide. It is found that the new solar model is able to estimate monthly solar radiation with a 7% prediction error for secondary stations and 2% prediction error for primary stations.

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Comparison of new Zhang and Huang model predictions against measured data for average monthly solar global horizontal irradiation for 46 site–year primary stations

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Comparison of new Zhang and Huang model predictions against measured data for daily solar global horizontal irradiation for 93 site–year secondary stations

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Comparison of New Zhang and Huang model predictions against measured data for secondary stations in (a) climate zones A and B, (b) climate zone A, and (c) climate zone B

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Comparison of original and new Zhang and Huang Model predictions against measured data for (a) Kuwait and (b) San Diego

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