Development of Models to Estimate Solar Radiation for Chinese Locations

Qingyuan Zhang, Joe Huang, Yang Hongxing, Lou Chengzhi

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In this paper, using two databases of observed weather data for the major cities in China, we developed models with three variables to estimate hourly solar radiation on the horizontal surfaces for these cities. The errors in estimating solar radiation in different locations were discussed. Two methods to estimate monthly solar radiation were developed and compared. Models to estimate yearly solar radiation were also developed using latitude, elevation and average cloud cover.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


  • China
  • Estimation
  • Models
  • Observation
  • Solar radiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Cultural Studies
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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