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Characterization of Solar Thermal Energy RadiationPotential of Lake Victoria Region: A Case Study of Homabay County, Kenya

Version 1 : Received: 19 November 2018 / Approved: 21 November 2018 / Online: 21 November 2018 (11:27:40 CET)

How to cite: Ongaro, B.O.; Waita, S.; Kerongo, J. Characterization of Solar Thermal Energy RadiationPotential of Lake Victoria Region: A Case Study of Homabay County, Kenya. Preprints 2018, 2018110524 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0524.v1). Ongaro, B.O.; Waita, S.; Kerongo, J. Characterization of Solar Thermal Energy RadiationPotential of Lake Victoria Region: A Case Study of Homabay County, Kenya. Preprints 2018, 2018110524 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201811.0524.v1).

Abstract

The study sought to determine solar irradiation in Homa Bay County which can be tapped and utilized in improving lives of residents of the region by converting the solar thermal energy in Home Bay to other forms of energy such as electric form, mechanical form and light. The study was done by assessing the local atmospheric conditions which included sunshine duration data and air temperature records for the period of two years and the data obtained subjected to statistical analysis to determine the localized characteristics of the resource. The characteristics that were examined include; seasonal and annual power expectations as well as resource reliability. The solar irradiance of Home County was found to be 768.0 W/m2.

Subject Areas

characterization; thermal radiation

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