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SAURAN : a new resource for solar radiometric data in Southern Africa

dc.contributor.authorBrooks, Michael J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDu Clou, Svenen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Niekerk, Wikus L.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorGauche, Paulen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLeonard, Corlien_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMouzouris, Michael J.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, Riaanen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan der Westhuizen, Nicen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Dyk, Ernest E.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVorster, Frederik J.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-06T14:05:31Z
dc.date.available2016-10-06T14:05:31Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationBrooks, M. J. et al. 2015. SAURAN : a new resource for solar radiometric data in Southern Africa. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 26(1):2-10.
dc.identifier.issn2413-3051 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1021-447X (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99705
dc.descriptionCITATION: Brooks, M. J. et al. 2015. SAURAN : a new resource for solar radiometric data in Southern Africa. Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, 26(1):2-10.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.scielo.org.za
dc.description.abstractA new resource for sun strength data in Southern Africa has been established with the commissioning of a regional network of solar monitoring stations. The Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) is an initiative of Stellenbosch University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and consists of an initial set of ten ground stations equipped with secondary standard thermopile radiometers. SAURAN's aim is to provide a long-term record of sun strength in a region that shows excellent potential for the deployment of solar energy technologies. Instruments measuring direct normal irradiance (DNI), diffuse horizontal irradiance (DHI) and global horizontal irradiance (GHI) feed time-averaged data over 1-minute, hourly and daily intervals to a central archive from where they are accessible to the public via a website interface. Meteorological data is also provided by most of the stations. This paper gives a brief background to the SAURAN project and describes the network's operation, coverage and future expansion. Examples of solar energy irradiance plots are also provided to illustrate the information available from the SAURAN database.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_abstract&pid=S1021-447X2015000100001&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en
dc.format.extent9 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherEnergy Research Centre
dc.subjectRenewable energy sourcesen_ZA
dc.subjectRadiation monitoringen_ZA
dc.subjectSolar energy industriesen_ZA
dc.titleSAURAN : a new resource for solar radiometric data in Southern Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderEnergy Research Centre


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