Isotropic Sky Diffuse Model

The isotropic sky diffuse model is the simplest of the POA sky diffuse models and forms the foundation upon which more accurate models build.  The isotropic sky diffuse model assumes that the diffuse radiation from the sky dome is uniform across the sky.  The POA sky diffuse irradiance ($$E_{d,iso}$$) is calculated as a fraction of the measured diffuse horizontal irradiance ($$DHI$$) as:

$$E_{d,iso} = DHI\times \frac{1+\cos \left(\theta_T\right)}{2}$$ ,

where $$\theta_T$$ is the tilt angle of the array.


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