Solar Energy Potential in Nepal and Global Context

  • Krishna R. Adhikari
  • Shekhar Gurung Central Department of Physics, University Campus, Tribhuvan University
  • Binod K. Bhattarai Department of Engineering Science and Humanities, Institute of Engineering, Central Campus, Pulchowk, Tribhuvan University
Keywords: Solar insolation, Global solar radiation, Alternative energy, Solar farming

Abstract

Solar radiation is the best option and cost effective energy resources of this world from 21st century onwards. In this study monthly, seasonal and annual variation of global solar insolation at Biratnagar, Lukla, Kathmandu, Pokhara, of the year 2007 to 2012, Jumla of the year 2011 to 2012 and Simikot 2011/2012 were carried out. The study has shown the variation of global solar insolation with month, season, year, atmospheric condition, and altitude of the site concerned. The maximum value of monthly, seasonal, and yearly global solar insolation was reported at Jumla whereas the minimum monthly, seasonal, and yearly global solar insolation were observed at Kathmandu. From the observation the abundant solar irradiation in Nepal shows encouraging atmosphere for solar farming venture in near future relating to energy management for Nepal.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jie.v9i1.10675

Journal of the Institute of Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 95–106

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Krishna R. Adhikari
Pashchimanchal Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University
Published
2014-06-30
How to Cite
Adhikari, K., Gurung, S., & Bhattarai, B. (2014). Solar Energy Potential in Nepal and Global Context. Journal of the Institute of Engineering, 9(1), 95-106. https://doi.org/10.3126/jie.v9i1.10675
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