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Title: Models of diffuse solar radiation
Authors: Boland, J.
Ridley, B.
Brown, B. 
Keywords: Diffuse radiation
Mathematical model
Non-parametric statistics
Quadratic programming
Quality assurance
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Citation: Boland, J., Ridley, B., Brown, B. (2008-04). Models of diffuse solar radiation. Renewable Energy 33 (4) : 575-584. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: For some locations both global and diffuse solar radiation are measured. However, for many locations, only global is measured, or inferred from satellite data. For modelling solar energy applications, the amount of radiation on a tilted surface is needed. Since only the direct component on a tilted surface can be calculated from trigonometry, we need to have diffuse on the horizontal available. There are regression relationships for estimating the diffuse on a tilted surface from diffuse on the horizontal. Models for estimating the diffuse radiation on the horizontal from horizontal global that have been developed in Europe or North America have proved to be inadequate for Australia [Spencer JW. A comparison of methods for estimating hourly diffuse solar radiation from global solar radiation. Sol Energy 1982; 29(1): 19-32]. Boland et al. [Modelling the diffuse fraction of global solar radiation on a horizontal surface. Environmetrics 2001; 12: 103-16] developed a validated model for Australian conditions. We detail our recent advances in developing the theoretical framework for the approach reported therein, particularly the use of the logistic function instead of piecewise linear or simple nonlinear functions. Additionally, we have also constructed a method, using quadratic programming, for identifying values that are likely to be erroneous. This allows us to eliminate outliers in diffuse radiation values, the data most prone to errors in measurement. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Renewable Energy
ISSN: 09601481
DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2007.04.012
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