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    Insolation Experiments and Labs


      Insolation (Incoming Solar Radiation) is the intensity of solar radiation energy received at the earth's surface on a given area per a given time.

      Background Information

    • Insolation - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • Earth-Sun Relationships and Insolation [View Resource]
    • U.S. Solar Radiation Resource Maps [View Resource]
    • The Intensity of Sunlight [View Resource]
    • Solar Maps [View Resource]
    • Insolation at Specified Location [View Resource]
    • Solar Insolation Levels In North America (kWh/m2/day) [View Resource]
    • Sun Angle and Insolation [View Experiment]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • Investigate the effect of the angle of incident light on the output power of a solar panel and determine which angle of incidence produces the most output power. [View Experiment]
    • Mapping Insolation Values In Texas [View Experiment]
    • Efficacy of Insolation Conversion of Alternative Energy Sources [View Experiment]
    • Insolation, Latitude, and Temperature [View Experiment]
    • Seasons and Angle of Insolation [View Experiment]
    • Angle of Insolation & Energy [View Experiment]
    • Insolation And Seasons [View Experiment]
    • Understand how the tilt of Earth affects temperatures in certain regions and thus causes seasons [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Science Fair Projects, Lesson Plans, Studies and Articles

    • Experiment on the Cause of Real Greenhouses’ Effect - Repeatability of Prof. Robert W. Wood’s experiment [View Experiment]
    • The Oceanic Heat Budget [View Experiment]
    • Biogeochemical and biophysical interactions during the last interglacial [View Experiment]
    • Mechanisms Controlling the Annual Cycle of Precipitation in the Tropical Atlantic Sector in an Atmospheric GCM [View Experiment]
    • Summer aridity in the United States: Response to mid-Holocene changes in insolation and sea surface temperature [View Experiment]
    • Hemispheric Insolation Forcing of the Indian Ocean and Asian Monsoon: Local versus Remote Impacts [View Experiment]
    • An Assessment of Biomass Feedstock and Conversion Research Opportunities [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Insolation, Precipitation, and Moisture Maps for a Virginia Geographic Information System [View Thesis]
    • Development of an advanced passive solar still with separate condenser [View Thesis]
    • ANN based peak power tracking for PV supplied DC motors [View Thesis]


    • Prismatic tracking insolation (US Patent 4377154, 1983) [View Patent]
    • Solar insolation and concentration by coupled fiber optics (US Patent 4433199, 1984) [View Patent]
    • Insolation sensor (US Patent 5455415, 1995) [View Patent]

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