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Estimation of total solar radiation using RadEst 3.0 software at Dang, Nepal

Author Affiliations

  • 1Mahendra Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepalganj, Nepal

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 7, Issue (4), Pages 8-13, April,18 (2017)

Abstract

The RadEst 3.0 version software estimates total solar radiation using meteorological parameters such as precipitation, temperatures and solar radiation of Dang (Lat.28.7N, Lon.82.18E, and Alt.659m). The annual average daily global solar radiation is about 16.7 MJ/m2/day which is sufficient to generate the solar energy. Radiation is calculated as the product of the atmospheric transmissivity of radiation and radiation outside earth atmosphere. The model parameters are fitted in two years data. The values estimated by the models are compared with measured solar radiation data. The performance of the model was evaluated using root mean square error (RMSE), mean bias error (MBE), Coefficient of Residual Mass (CRM) and coefficient of determination (R2). The RadEst 3.0 software which showed the better results using BC, CD, DB and DCBB, among them the DB model is the best model for this site. The values of RMSE, MBE, CRM and R2 are 2.98, 1.27, 0.00 and 0.66 respectively. The finding coefficients of different models can be utilized for the estimation of solar radiation at the similar meteorological sites of Nepal. The result conformed that there is strong correlation of total solar radiation with altitude and local weather condition.

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