Solar radiation study data gauge photovoltaic power-generation potential

Generating electric power from the sun has attracted petroleum industry investment in recent years, most notably from Royal Dutch/Shell Group and BP PLC.1 Both companies are committed to expanding investment in solar technology in response to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Government and industry alike regard solar as an emerging technology for generating electric power without generating CO2 emissions.This article summarizes the results of the author's study of the potential for generating electricity from the sun with photovoltaic (PV) collectors. Solar radiation data for selected locations in the US are arranged graphically to...

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