Calculation of the Solar Angle of Incidence

The solar angle of incidence 0hor on a horizontal surface is a direct function of the sun height yS. This angle is also called the zenith angle dZ:

The calculation of the angle of incidence 0tilt on a tilted surface is more complicated. The surface azimuth angle at describes the deviation from the south. If the surface faces to the west, at is positive. The inclination angle yt describes the surface tilt or slope of the surface. If the surface is horizontal, yt is zero. Figure 2.13 visualizes these angles.

The angle of incidence is the angle between the vector s in the direction of the sun and the normal vector n perpendicular to the surface. The position of the sun has been defined in spherical coordinates and thus must be transformed into Cartesian coordinates with the base vectors north, west and zenith for further calculations. The vectors s and n become:

s = (cosas • cosYS, - sinas • cosYS, sinYS)T n = (-cosat • sinYt, sinat • sinYt, cosYt)T

Both vectors are normalized, and thus the solar angle of incidence on a tilted surface is obtained by calculating the scalar multiplication of these two vectors:

Solar Angles For Tilted Surface
Figure 2.13 Definition of the Solar Angle of Incidence on a Tilted Surface

= arccos(-cosaS • cosyS • cosat • sinyt -sinaS • cosyS • sinat • sinyt + sinyS • cosyt) = arccos) - cosyS • sinyt • cos(aS-at) + sinyS • cosyt)

Was this article helpful?

+3 -2
Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

Get My Free Ebook


Responses

  • jessamine
    Is solar angle of incidence tilted surface?
    9 years ago
  • benjamin vogt
    How to calculate the incidnece angle in solar panel?
    1 year ago
  • johan
    How calculate the incidence angle from sun on water using pyrhon?
    11 months ago
  • jamila
    How to calculate incident energy from a planet W/m^2?
    11 months ago
  • carol
    How to calculate angle of incidents?
    7 months ago
  • raymond
    What is the angle of incedence from us to the sun?
    6 months ago
  • Demet
    How to calculate the angle of incidance?
    5 months ago
  • hamza
    How to calculate algle of incidence sun?
    4 months ago
  • sanna
    How to calculate the solar energy incident igcse?
    4 months ago
  • ines
    How to calculate solar incidence angle?
    2 months ago
  • JULIETTE
    Is angle of incidence sun always positive?
    2 months ago

Post a comment