First Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy
8th Users Forum on Weather and Climate Impacts


Meteorological factors affecting solar radiation efficiency - applications to the tropics

Paul Ruscher, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL

Solar systems are being deployed in many remote areas to power cellular telephone towers, wells, and small household power systems. Yet there are many factors that limit solar radiation efficiency. In spite of new gains in photovoltaic technology, deployed systems are sometimes inadequate for the need, suggesting hybrid systems might make more sense, or perhaps a need to upsize the solar system.

We take a particular focus here on the Caribbean Basin and deployment of solar systems in a moist tropical atmosphere, and cover the atmospheric limiting factors as well as data sources that engineers and applied scientists might consider using to help them properly estimate solar energy efficiency.

Joint Poster Session , New Energy Economy Poster Session
Wednesday, 20 January 2010, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Exhibit Hall B2

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