A clear sky irradiation assessment using the esra model and srtm database

Ciprian Nemes, Marcel Istrate

Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Energetics and Applied Informatics, 51- 53 Prof. Dimitrie Mangeron Street., 700050 Iasi, Romania


This paper describes a model and an algorithm used to develop a solar radiation database for Romanian territory. In order to obtain this database, two main steps were performed. In the first part, a clear sky solar radiation model was presented, in accordance with the latest models published in European Solar Radiation Atlas. After this, a digital elevation model has been developed, based on the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission database, which, together with the previously mentioned model, allows the computation of the solar radiation s potential over the Romanian territory. The obtained results have been validated using the solar radiation values from two another well known database. The comparative results show that the irradiance values have a good accuracy and, therefore, it can be used as a practical tool for the estimation of the solar radiation s potential over the analyzed territory.


digital elevation model; solar energy; solar radiation

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