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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 508; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020508

Solar Irradiance Measurements Using Smart Devices: A Cost-Effective Technique for Estimation of Solar Irradiance for Sustainable Energy Systems

School of Basic Sciences and Humanities, German Jordanian University, P.O. Box 35247, Amman 11180, Jordan
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Received: 16 January 2018 / Revised: 29 January 2018 / Accepted: 7 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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Solar irradiance measurement is a key component in estimating solar irradiation, which is necessary and essential to design sustainable energy systems such as photovoltaic (PV) systems. The measurement is typically done with sophisticated devices designed for this purpose. In this paper we propose a smartphone-aided setup to estimate the solar irradiance in a certain location. The setup is accessible, easy to use and cost-effective. The method we propose does not have the accuracy of an irradiance meter of high precision but has the advantage of being readily accessible on any smartphone. It could serve as a quick tool to estimate irradiance measurements in the preliminary stages of PV systems design. Furthermore, it could act as a cost-effective educational tool in sustainable energy courses where understanding solar radiation variations is an important aspect. View Full-Text
Keywords: smartphone; solar irradiance; smart devices; photovoltaic; solar irradiation smartphone; solar irradiance; smart devices; photovoltaic; solar irradiation
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Al-Taani, H.; Arabasi, S. Solar Irradiance Measurements Using Smart Devices: A Cost-Effective Technique for Estimation of Solar Irradiance for Sustainable Energy Systems. Sustainability 2018, 10, 508.

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