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Title: Daily clearness index profiles and weather conditions studies for photovoltaic systems
Authors: Lai, CS
Li, X
Lai, LL
McCulloch, MD
Keywords: photovoltaic system;clustering;clearness index
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Lai, C.S., Li, X., Lai, L.L. and McCulloch, M.D. (2017) 'Daily clearness index profiles and weather conditions studies for photovoltaic systems', Energy Procedia, 142, pp. 77-82. doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.013.
Abstract: © 2017 The Authors. The increasing number of distributed photovoltaic (PV) systems connected to the power grid has made system planning and performance evaluation a challenging task. This is mainly due to the computational complexity, such as load flow analysis with large irradiance datasets collected from various locations of the installed PV farms. Solar irradiance data are known to possess the characteristic of high uncertainty, due to the random nature of cloud cover and atmospheric conditions. This paper presents the studies on the relationships of clustered clearness index profiles and the weather conditions obtained from the weather forecasting stations. Four years of solar irradiance and weather conditions data from two locations (Johannesburg and Kenya) were obtained and are used for the analysis. The preliminary study shows that the weather condition is related to the daily clearness index profiles. This work will form the basis for estimating the daily clearness index profile with weather conditions.
ISSN: 1876-6102
Appears in Collections:Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering Research Papers

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