The National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB): A Brief Overview

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This poster presents a high-level overview of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB). The NSRDB uses the physics-based model (PSM), which was developed using: adapted PATMOS-X model for cloud identification and properties, REST-2 model for clear-sky conditions, and NREL's Fast All-sky Radiation Model for Solar Applications (FARMS) for cloudy-sky Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) solar irradiance calculations.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePresented at Solar Power International, 10-13 September 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5D00-68916


  • cloud identification
  • Global Horizontal Irradiance
  • Modern Era-Retrospective Analysis
  • National Solar Radiation Database
  • solar irradiance


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