Being located in the equatorial zone, hot humid tropical region is commonly recognised as a promising site to adopt solar power systems. It has ample solar radiation with average daily irradiance of exceeding 5 kWh/m2. The sunshine duration could over 4 hours easily. Despite of these encouraging figures, the sky ineluctably facing cloudy skies and rainfall that might potentially challenge the performance of any solar powered technologies. Thus, the effects of this phenomenon should be accounted in the system design to promote the solar application in this zone.

 

Cloudy Skies
Cloudy Skies and Rain Fall Might Potentially Challenge The Performance of Any Solar Powered Technologies

 

Global solar irradiance pattern - a sample day
Global Solar Irradiance Pattern – A Sample Day

 

 

Renewable Energy Solar Power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.

Commercial concentrated solar power plants were first developed in the 1980s. The 354 MW SEGS CSP installation is the largest solar power plant in the world, located in the Mojave Desert of California. Other large CSP plants include the Solnova Solar Power Station (150 MW) and the Andasol solar power station (150 MW), both in Spain. The over 200 MW Agua Caliente Solar Project in the United States, and the 214 MW Charanka Solar Park in India, are the world’s largest photovoltaic power stations.

Solar Power System

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Renewable Energy Solar Power