Clear-sky models evaluation of two sites over Algeria for PV forecasting purpose
Unité de Recherche Appliquée en Energies Renouvelables, URAER, Centre de Développement des Energies Renouvelables, CDER, 47133, Ghardaïa, Algeria
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Accepted: 25 July 2019
Published online: 25 October 2019
Clear-sky models are needed in various fields of solar energy, such as solar sensors calibration, quality control of solar data, CSP and PV energy forecasting, etc. The aim of this work is the assessment of the clear-sky models for global solar irradiance estimation. For this end, data of two sites in Algeria have been used. Models accuracy is achieved by comparison between their estimations and measurements (5-minute time steps for the Bouzaréah site and 10-minute steps for the Ghardaïa site). Atmospheric input data to the models enclose aerosol and water vapor measurements as well as Linke turbidity, which are determined experimentally from available solar and meteorological measurements. Results show that Inchein-Perez and ESRA models are the best clear-sky approaches which ensure excellent accuracies ( and 6.26%) when compared to ground measurements.
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