Solar radiation potential and site modelling for photovoltaic modules in the Daintree lowlands of northeastern Australia

Curtis, I.A., and Turton, S.M. (2002) Solar radiation potential and site modelling for photovoltaic modules in the Daintree lowlands of northeastern Australia. Geographical Research, 40 (3). pp. 278-286.

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Abstract

A regression model is developed which estimates monthly averages of daily peak sun hours for the Daintree region of North Queensland using 26 years of record. A mean daily peak sun hours of 4.32 ± 0.03 (n = 312) was obtained for the region. Simulations of solar energy potential for electricity generating purposes were made for clearings and treefall gaps at two different heights with four cloud conditions. Gaps in the rainforest of 40 metres or more with a solar array mounted at 7 metres above the ground were found to be optimal for electricity generating purposes under normal cloud conditions.

Item ID: 4399
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: cloud types; humid tropics; peak sun hours; Queensland; solar energy
ISSN: 1745-5871
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 01:45
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850505 Solar-Thermal Electric Energy @ 51%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 49%
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