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Computing and Assessment of Discrete Angle Positions for Optimizing the Solar Energy Harvesting for Urban Sustainable Development

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School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Blvd. Enrique Mazón López 965, Hermosillo 83000, Sonora, Mexico
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School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Sanderson Building, Robert Stevenson Road, The King’s Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3FB, UK
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Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo 83000, Sonora, Mexico
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School of Engineering and Sciences, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Ave. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501, Monterrey 64849, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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Academic Editors: Benedetto Nastasi, Jesús Polo and Philippe Leclère
Energies 2021, 14(20), 6441; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14206441
Received: 25 July 2021 / Revised: 18 August 2021 / Accepted: 31 August 2021 / Published: 9 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue GIS and Remote Sensing for Renewable Energy Assessment and Maps)
This paper proposes the computation and assessment of optimal tilt and azimuth angles for a receiving surface, using a mathematical model developed at the University of Tomsk, Russia. The model was validated and analyzed for the Nuevo León State, Northeast Mexico, utilizing a set of metrics, comparing against satellite data from NASA. A point of interest in the city of Monterrey was analyzed to identify orientation patterns throughout the year for an optimal solar energy gathering. The aim is providing the best orientation tilt angles for photovoltaic or solar thermal panels without tracking systems. In addition, this analysis is proposed as a tool to achieve optimal performance in sustainable urban development in the region. Based on the findings, a set of optimal tilt and azimuth surface angles are proposed for the analyzed coordinates. The aim is to identify the optimal performance to obtain the maximum solar irradiation possible over the year for solar projects in the region. The results show that the model can be used as a tool to accelerate decision making in the design of solar harvesting surfaces and allows the design of discrete tracking systems with an increase in solar energy harvesting above 5% annually. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar irradiation; renewable energy assessment; solar harvesting surface; urban energy tools solar irradiation; renewable energy assessment; solar harvesting surface; urban energy tools
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Quiroga-Ocaña, G.; Montaño-Moreno, J.C.; Enríquez-Velásquez, E.A.; Benitez, V.H.; Félix-Herrán, L.C.; Lozoya-Santos, J.d.-J.; Ramírez-Mendoza, R.A. Computing and Assessment of Discrete Angle Positions for Optimizing the Solar Energy Harvesting for Urban Sustainable Development. Energies 2021, 14, 6441. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14206441

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Quiroga-Ocaña G, Montaño-Moreno JC, Enríquez-Velásquez EA, Benitez VH, Félix-Herrán LC, Lozoya-Santos Jd-J, Ramírez-Mendoza RA. Computing and Assessment of Discrete Angle Positions for Optimizing the Solar Energy Harvesting for Urban Sustainable Development. Energies. 2021; 14(20):6441. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14206441

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Quiroga-Ocaña, Guillermo, Julio C. Montaño-Moreno, Enrique A. Enríquez-Velásquez, Victor H. Benitez, Luis C. Félix-Herrán, Jorge d.-J. Lozoya-Santos, and Ricardo A. Ramírez-Mendoza 2021. "Computing and Assessment of Discrete Angle Positions for Optimizing the Solar Energy Harvesting for Urban Sustainable Development" Energies 14, no. 20: 6441. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14206441

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