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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Measurement and Instrumentation Data Center
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
Web
REQUEST PROCEDURE
All data are publically available (except Lamar Low-Level Jet Project).
Surface In-Situ Networks
Access to historical and nearly real-time solar radiation and surface meteorological measurements at selected sites in the continental U.S. Instrumentation type and quantity varies by site with the largest compliment and longest history available from the NREL Solar Radiation Research Laboratory (SRRL) Baseline Measurement System. Measurements are available for intervals from 1-minute to 5-minutes. Web-interface provides selectable data viewing and downloading.
CONTACT
Afshin Andreas
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
1617 Cole Blvd Golden, CO 80401-3393
303-384-6383
afshin_andreas@nrel.gov
http://www.nrel.gov/midc
SPECIFICATIONS
Network NameREG NREL MIDC
Collective
Facility TypeNetwork
PurposeResearch
LocationColorado, Nevada, North Carolina, Arizona, West Virginia, California, Oklahoma
Number of Stations16
Map of Stationshttp://www.nrel.gov/gis/solar.html (link to U.S. Solar Measurement Station Locations)
Categorymeteorology, radiation, tall tower
Parameters (Most)Solar irradiance (direct normal, diffuse horizontal, and global horizontal), dry bulb temperature
Paramters (Limited)Spectral solar irradiance, wind speed & direction, relative humidity, station pressure, precipitation, solar irradiance on vertical surfaces, reflected solar irradiance, upwelling/downwelling infrared irradiance, ultraviolet radiation (UVA, UVB, Total UV).
Archivehttp://www.nrel.gov/midc
Period of Record1981 to present (SRRL)
Temporal Resolution1-min
Data SeasonVaries from 1-min to hourly
Data AvailabilityWithin seconds of data collection, except for monthly reports.
Other PurposesRenewable Energy and Climate Change Studies
FixedYes
MobileNo
PortableNo
REFERENCES
Following papers available in PDF: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/ Wilcox, S.; Myers, D., 2009. Evaluation of Radiometers in Full-Time Use at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Solar Radiation Research Laboratory. Myers, D.; Andreas, A.; Reda, I.; Gotseff, P.; Wilcox, S.; Stoffel, T.; Anderberg, M., 2005. Advances in Solar Radiometry and Metrology. NREL CP-520-36989. Myers, D. R.; Stoffel, T. L.; Reda, I.; Wilcox, S. M.; Andreas, A. M., 2002. Recent Progess in Reducing the Uncertainty in and Improving Pyranometer Calibrations. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. Transactions of the ASME. Vol. 124(1) February 2002, pp. 44-50.
REMARKS
Additional background information available from: http://www.nrel.gov/solar_radiation
UPDATED ON
21 Oct 2009 17:31