The National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) for CSP Applications

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Abstract

This study examines the differences in direct normal irradiance (DNI) in two versions of the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) produced by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NSRDB V3 of the NSRDB includes significant changes to various parts of the radiative transfer model and inputs to the model compared to NSRDB V2. The changes in NSRDB V3 resulted in lower uncertainty than NSRDB V2. The study quantified the uncertainty and the spatial and temporal variability under clear-sky conditions. The uncertainty estimation was performed using a standardized method, The Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM). The evaluation of the accuracy of the NSRDB was conducted using high-quality ground-measurements for seven National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Surface Radiation Budget Network (SURFRAD) stations for 1998-2015.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 25 Jul 2019
Event24th SolarPACES International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, SolarPACES 2018 - Casablanca, Morocco
Duration: 2 Oct 20185 Oct 2018

Conference

Conference24th SolarPACES International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, SolarPACES 2018
Country/TerritoryMorocco
CityCasablanca
Period2/10/185/10/18

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-5D00-72310 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-74706

Keywords

  • concentrating solar power
  • CSP
  • National Solar Radiation Data Base
  • NSRDB
  • radiation
  • uncertainty

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