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Title: Progress on an Updated National Solar Radiation Data Base: Preprint

In 1992, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released the 1961-1990 National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB), a 30-year set of hourly solar radiation data. In April 2003, NREL convened a meeting of experts to investigate issues concerning a proposed update of the NSRDB. The panel determined that an important difficulty posed by the update was the shift from manual to automated cloud observations at National Weather Service stations in the United States. The solar model used in the original NSRDB relied heavily on the methodology and resolution of the manual cloud observations. The meeting participants recommended that NREL produce a plan for creating an update using currently available meteorological observations and satellite imagery. This paper describes current progress toward a plan for an updated NSRDB.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
15007169
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-560-36038
TRN: US200414%%345
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-99-GO10337
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not supplied, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied; Other Information: PBD: 1 Mar 2004; Related Information: Prepared for the American Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting, 11-14 July 2004, Portland, Oregon
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; CLOUDS; GASOLINE SERVICE STATIONS; NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY; RESOLUTION; SATELLITES; SOLAR RADIATION; STAR MODELS; WEATHER; SOLAR ENERGY; NATIONAL SOLAR RADIATION DATA BASE (NSRDB); NSRDB UPDATE; AUTOMATED CLOUD OBSERVATIONS; SOLAR ENERGY - RADIATION