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A toolkit approach to solar radiation modelling.

Davison, Brian; Tham, Yieng Wei; Muneer, Tariq

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Yieng Wei Tham



Abstract

Considerable effort is required to implement solar radiation models in software. Many existing implementations have efficiency as their main priority rather than re-usability, and this can adversely affect their further development since the relationships between the software and physical quantities may be obscured. The Solar Toolkit is an attempt to overcome such barriers by exploiting the current abundance of computing resource, and the availability of user-oriented tools such as Microsoft Excel®. The Solar Toolkit takes the form of a set of functions written in Visual Basic for Applications® (VBA) made available under the Academic Free Licence. Transparency is the overriding priority throughout the implementation so that the Toolkit can provide a platform for further modelling initiatives.

Working Paper Type Working Paper
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2013
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Solar radiation models; solar toolkit;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5791
Contract Date Jan 16, 2013

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