Weather anomalies that increase clouds influence the reliability of both renewable energy and building environmental-control systems. Non-grid solar power systems may run out of capacity for such items as communications electronics, flood-warning stream gages, refrigerators, and small village power systems. This paper provides 1×1-degree resolution global maps that identify those regions which experienced large abnormal solar energy during a 10-year period. A source is identified where specific values for maximum year-to-year variability can be obtained in regions where ground-site measurements do not exist. The information may aid in the selection of safety factors for solar power systems.
Global Surface Solar Energy Anomalies Including El Nin˜o and La Nin˜a Years*
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Energy Division, Oct. 2000; final revision, Feb. 2001. Associate Editor: A. Walker.
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Whitlock, C. H., Brown , D. E., Chandler , W. S., DiPasquale , R. C., Ritchey, N. A., Gupta, S. K., Wilber, A. C., Kratz, D. P., and Stackhouse, P. W. (February 1, 2001). "Global Surface Solar Energy Anomalies Including El Nin˜o and La Nin˜a Years." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. August 2001; 123(3): 211–215. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1384570
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