Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Map the Sun from the Ground

Environmental engineers from UC San Diego are mapping the sun from the ground, in order to dertmine how much sun actually hits different parts of the earth.

“This map is important for the state of California because it provides residents, the industry, and policy makers with a simple yet accurate way to evaluate the ‘solar resource’ at a specific geographic location,” said Anders Nottrott (top photo), a Jacobs School of Engineering Ph.D. student working on the project with professor Jan Kleissl (bottom photo), from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE).

“This map can also be used to help determine the best place to build new solar photovoltaic energy collectors and perform long-term economic analysis for those systems,” said Norttrott.

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