Investigation of the Seasonal Variations in the Solar Radiation Balance and Other Solar Energy Parameters in Some Cities in Nigeria

ISIKWUE B. C., Akiishi M., Utah E. U.

Abstract


An investigation of the variations of the Solar Radiation Balance, SRB, and other solar energy parameters in some cities in Nigeria has been carried out in this work. The data used for the study were obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) Abuja, (1990-2010). The results show that the maximum range of atmospheric albedo, ALB, between 56-64% was obtained in the rainy season; with the minimum range of about 33 - 39% occurring in the dry season. Direct relationship existed between the SRB and other investigated solar radiation parameters, each of which in turn varied indirectly with the ALB. Relatively high annual values in SRB in Port Harcourt and Makurdi, implies that these locations are suitable for solar energy applications including farming. And devices using solar energy applications in these areas could function efficiently during the dry season.

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