Estimation of daily global solar irradiation by coupling ground measurements of bright sunshine hours to satellite imagery

Rusen S. E. , Hammer A., AKINOĞLU B. G.

ENERGY, vol.58, pp.417-425, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/
  • Journal Name: ENERGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.417-425
  • Keywords: Satellite images, HELIOSAT, Angstrom model, Solar energy, Bright sunshine hour, HORIZONTAL SURFACE, RADIATION, MODELS, GENERATION


In this work, the current version of the satellite-based HELIOSAT method and ground-based linear Angstrom-Prescott type relations are used in combination. The first approach is based on the use of a correlation between daily bright sunshine hours (s) and cloud index (n). In the second approach a new correlation is proposed between daily solar irradiation and daily data of s and n which is based on a physical parameterization. The performances of the proposed two combined models are tested against conventional methods. We test the use of obtained correlation coefficients for nearby locations. Our results show that the use of sunshine duration together with the cloud index is quite satisfactory in the estimation of daily horizontal global solar irradiation. We propose to use the new approaches to estimate daily global irradiation when the bright sunshine hours data is available for the location of interest, provided that some regression coefficients are determined using the data of a nearby station. In addition, if surface data for a close location does not exist then it is recommended to use satellite models like HELIOSAT or the new approaches instead the Angstrom type models. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.