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Chhatbar, K; Meyer, R (2011): List of citations and data sets used in the publication. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.763963,
Supplement to: Chhatbar, Kaushal; Meyer, Richard (2011): The influence of meteorological parameters on the energy yield of solar thermal plants. SolarPACES 2011 Conference (Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, 20-23 September 2011 - Granada, Spain (, 1-8, hdl:10013/epic.37915.d001
Financing Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) projects is highly dependent on plant performance. Yields of CSP plants depend strongly on site-specific meteorological conditions. Meteorological parameters that can influence the performance of CSP plants are Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI), wind, ambient air temperature, and humidity. The sensitivity study shows that DNI is the parameter with highest influence on energy yield of CSP plants. However, the annual sum or average of DNI is often thought as the value giving already a good indicator for Annual Energy Production (AEP) of CSP plants. This thesis is proven wrong, as the study finds that for years with same DNI annual averages AEP could vary as much as ± 9 % due to differences in DNI frequency distribution. Further the beneficial effect of lower latitudes is not expressed in the long-term average of DNI. For parabolic trough plants it is found that with a 10° increase in latitude, decrease in the ratio of AEP to DNI could be around 10 % for the Northern Hemisphere. Due to less favourable irradiance during winter the effect is even stronger for the Southern Hemisphere and is around 14 % per 10° of latitude, which often is counterbalanced by higher DNI annual averages compared to the Northern hemisphere. Keywords: Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), solar resource, Direct Normal Irradiance, DNI frequency distribution, plant performance, influence, latitude-effect, ambient meteorological conditions.
Median Latitude: 7.661120 * Median Longitude: 21.433880 * South-bound Latitude: -30.666660 * West-bound Longitude: 5.529200 * North-bound Latitude: 30.859720 * East-bound Longitude: 34.779440
Date/Time Start: 2000-03-01T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2003-01-01T00:00:00
Minimum Elevation: 500.0 m * Maximum Elevation: 1385.0 m
DAA (De Aar) * * Latitude: -30.666660 * Longitude: 23.993000 * Date/Time: 2000-05-01T00:00:00 * Elevation: 1287.0 m * Location: South Africa * * Campaign: WCRP/GEWEX * * Device: Monitoring station (MONS) * * Comment: BSRN station no: 40; Surface type: sand; Topography type: flat, rural; Horizon: doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.669514; Station scientist: Lucky Ntsangwane (
SBO (Sede Boqer) * * Latitude: 30.859720 * Longitude: 34.779440 * Date/Time: 2003-01-01T00:00:00 * Elevation: 500.0 m * Location: Israel * * Campaign: WCRP/GEWEX * * Device: Monitoring station (MONS) * * Comment: BSRN station no: 43; Surface type: desert rock; Topography type: hilly, rural; Station scientist: Dr. Nurit Agam (
TAM (Tamanrasset) * * Latitude: 22.790300 * Longitude: 5.529200 * Date/Time: 2000-03-01T00:00:00 * Elevation: 1385.0 m * Location: Algeria * * Campaign: WCRP/GEWEX * * Device: Monitoring station (MONS) * * Comment: BSRN station no: 42; Surface type: desert, rock; Topography type: flat, rural; Horizon: doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.669526; Station scientist: Mohamed Mimouni (
The list below contains links to the datasets used in the publication. Users may send a request to to obtain an account for download. See also the BSRN data release guidelines at
#NameShort NameUnitPrincipal InvestigatorMethodComment
1Event label *Event
2Optional event label *Event 2
3Location of event *Location
4Latitude of event *Latitude
5Longitude of event *Longitude
6Uniform resource locator/link to file *URL filesee references *
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