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Modeling daylight availability and irradiance components from direct and global irradiance

Published inSolar energy, vol. 44, no. 5, p. 271-289
Publication date1990

This paper presents the latest versions of several models developed by the authors to predict short time-step solar energy and daylight availability quantities needed by energy system modelers or building designers. The modeled quantities are global, direct and diffuse daylight illuminance, diffuse irradiance and illuminance impinging on tilted surfaces of arbitrary orientation, sky zenith luminance and sky luminance angular distribution. All models are original except for the last one which is extrapolated from current standards. All models share a common operating structure and a common set of input data: Hourly (or higher frequency) direct (or diffuse) and global irradiance plus surface dew point temperature. Key experimental observations leading to model development are briefly reviewed. Comprehensive validation results are presented. Model accuracy, assessed in terms of root-mean-square and mean bias errors, is analyzed both as a function of insolation conditions and site climatic environment.

  • Daylight
  • Solar irradiance
  • Model
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PEREZ, R et al. Modeling daylight availability and irradiance components from direct and global irradiance. In: Solar energy, 1990, vol. 44, n° 5, p. 271–289. doi: 10.1016/0038-092X(90)90055-H
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