|NREL's Spectral Solar Radiation Data Base|
The Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI)*, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI),
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
cooperated to produce a spectral solar radiation data base representing a range of
atmospheric conditions (or climates) that is applicable to several different types
of solar collectors. Data that are included in the data base were collected at FSEC
from October 1986 to April 1988, and at PG&E from April 1987 to April 1988. FSEC
operated one EPRI and one SERI spectroradiometer almost daily at Cape
Canaveral, which contributed nearly 2800 spectra to the data base. PG&E operated
one EPRI spectroradiometer at San Ramon, Calif., as resources permitted contributing
nearly 300 spectra to the data base. SERI collected about 200 spectra in the
Denver/Golden, Colo., area form November 1987 to February 1988 as part of a
research project to study urban spectral solar radiation, and added these data
to the data base.
*In September 1991 the Solar Energy Research Institute became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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