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Potential Maximum Solar Radiation at different Lat/Lng + time of the year.

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iisfaq:
I am sure that there is a potential maximum solar raidation that can appear on a particular day of the year for any Lat/Lng?

Does anyone know if there is a formula to calculate this?

chris

iisfaq:
I found this reference

But I do not think that this is what I am after.

For my area it produces the following for July

22 Year average is 1.61 kWh/m2/day

The best I have seen this month whas been about 478 w/m2 from my Davis Vantage Pro II on a perfectly clear day.

So 1600 w/m2 per day may be accurate for the whole 9 hours but how to I find out what the potential maximum is per hour?

Obviosuly at midday there is a higher chance of higher solar radiation.

Chris

iisfaq:
Looks like I have everyone stumped on this question?

SLOweather:
At any given time, the Davis sensor will have a closer (larger) number to what you are trying to read if it is pointed directly AT the sun, not left horizontal/level.

There is a huge calculation available that will tell you the theoretical solar insolation, given lat, lon, time of day, date and year.

I'll see if I can find it.

iisfaq:

--- Quote from: SLOweather on July 12, 2011, 03:20:04 PM ---There is a huge calculation available that will tell you the theoretical solar insolation, given lat, lon, time of day, date and year.

--- End quote ---

I would appreciate it if you do find it..

cheers

chris