A method to analyze solar radiation measurements for any effect of daily weather pattern on the optimum azimuth direction of fixed solar panels

Azlan M. Hashim, Badrol Ahmad, Roslin M. Shafie, Mohd Razwan Rusli, Mohd Azwan Aziz, Jasman Hassan, Mohd Zamri Che Wanik

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Abstract

The well known practice for orienting fixed solar devices is to face southwards for places in the northern hemisphere and northwards for the southern hemisphere. However a frequently repeated daily weather pattern will have a significant effect on terrestrial solar radiation and consequently on the optimum azimuth direction of fixed solar devices especially for regions close to the equator. This paper proposes a method to analyze solar radiation data to distinguish any effect of local weather occurrences on the optimum azimuth orientation of fixed solar panels. An example analysis of this method on solar radiation measurements taken at TNB Solar Research Centre in Peninsular Malaysia shows that a near regular weather pattern had occurred often enough to recommend an optimal azimuth direction of installing stationary thermal flat-plate solar collectors for a proposed solar cooling system tilted facing towards east.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems, AsiaPES 2013
Pages38-41
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2013
Event6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems, AsiaPES 2013 - Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 10 Apr 201312 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems, AsiaPES 2013

Other

Other6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems, AsiaPES 2013
CountryThailand
CityPhuket
Period10/4/1312/4/13

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Keywords

  • Daily weather pattern
  • Optimum azimuth direction
  • Solar energy
  • Solar radiation analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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Hashim, A. M., Ahmad, B., Shafie, R. M., Rusli, M. R., Aziz, M. A., Hassan, J., & Wanik, M. Z. C. (2013). A method to analyze solar radiation measurements for any effect of daily weather pattern on the optimum azimuth direction of fixed solar panels. In Proceedings of the 6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems, AsiaPES 2013 (pp. 38-41). (Proceedings of the 6th IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems, AsiaPES 2013). https://doi.org/10.2316/P.2013.800-046