Predicting Global Solar Radiation on A Horizontal Surface A Case Study For Zambia

  • Chisala Kapumpu Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Zambia
  • Paul Chisale Faculty of Engineering, Namibia University of Science & Technology, Private Bag 13388, Windhoek, Namibia.
  • Nicholus Kwendakwema Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Zambia
  • Edwin Luwaya Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Zambia
Keywords: Solar Radiation; Regression Analysis; Extraterrestrial Solar Radiation

Abstract

Insolation models have been recognized for many years in solar energy systems as important tools to determine radiations for locations lacking insolation data base. Unfortunately, for most geographical areas in Zambia, the insolation data is not available. Correlations between the daily measurements of global solar radiation and the meteorological parameters were presented in tabular form for the selected locations. A common relationship to estimate global solar radiation for the all Zambia is also established. The values of correlation coefficients established varied from 53% to 97% and the errors of estimation were between 0.24 and 0.0.84.
Published
2020-12-18
Section
Original Research Articles