It is important to note that WRF provides the finest resolution grid coverage for the study area while ASHRAE Handbook-Fundamentals, NSRDB
, and MADIS observation data can only provide climate information in limited locations (as shown in [e] and [f] of Figure 8), while NARR's and CFSR's resolutions are too coarse to be applicable for design purpose.
Data are from National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB
), which was completed in March 1994 by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) (Marion and Urban 1995).
The database uses observed conditions from the National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB) and from 1020 locations in the U.S.
For example, in the case of the NSRDB that contains 30 years of data, all 30 Januarys are examined, and the one judged most typical is selected to be included in the TMY3.
This seminar describes the National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB
), and describes detailed information on the use of satellite-derived solar radiation data in applications that created high quality weather files for California and Canada.
Simulation models in this analysis are performed using typical meteorological year (TMY2) weather files (NSRDB