Wednesday, November 16, 2016
This week, I began doing a rough calculation of the solar panel with using 1000W/m^2 of irradiance according to standard test conditions (STC) and the area of the solar panels. After further thought, these levels of energy produced are theoretical maximum which can only be reached under ideal conditions in a laboratory setting. More research led to using NASA's Surface Meteorology and Solar Energy Available Tables. The tables lists maximum radiation incident on an equator-pointed tilted surface per latitude and longitudinal input. The table also offers optimal angle per month of the year. For November and the location of the workshop, the optimal angle is 58 degrees southward. The average maximum radiation incident is 4.41kWh/m^2/day. Using this data, each of our solar panels can provide 373Wh/day of energy.