The amount of solar energy that could be obtained by a flat plate solar collector of one square meter dimension is calculated in three different locations: Tampa FL, Fairbanks AL, and Pontianak Indonesia, considering the varying sunset time for each day of the year. The results show that if the collectors are placed near the equator, more total energy could be obtained. In fact, by placing a solar collector in Pontianak, Indonesia 12.42% more solar energy can be obtained than by placing it in Tampa and 96.9% more solar energy than Alaska.
"Calculating the Solar Energy of a Flat Plate Collector,"
Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two:
1, Article 1.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/2326-36184.108.40.20657 Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ujmm/vol6/iss1/1
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Brian Curtin, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering