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Amount of solar energy per day in a given location

  1. May 17, 2014 #1
    I'm trying to find equation for an amount of solar energy that given place (of some latitude) on Earth's surface receives during a given day. I know it can be derived by using basic geometry, but I just need it for some application and don't want to waste time and risk mistakes. So if you know, where I could find this, I would greatly appreciate a reference. Thanks in advance for any help.

    Josef Ondrej
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  3. May 17, 2014 #2


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    That is impossible to calculate.
    The amount of solar energy reaching the Earth depends on many factors. Think about clouds.
  4. May 17, 2014 #3
    My mistake, sorry for not specifying the question more accurately. You can assume that solar output is perfectly homogenous, constant, Earth is a perfect spehere with no atmosphere. Basically I'm just interested in the effect of varying angle from which you can see the Sun from that place.
  5. May 17, 2014 #4


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  6. May 18, 2014 #5
    If instead of tables you prefer equations, this should help

    http://www.pveducation.org/pvcdrom/properties-of-sunlight/calculation-of-solar-insolation [Broken]
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