Design considerations for Mars photovoltaic systems

@article{Landis1990DesignCF,
  title={Design considerations for Mars photovoltaic systems},
  author={Geoffrey A. Landis and Joseph Appelbaum},
  journal={IEEE Conference on Photovoltaic Specialists},
  year={1990},
  pages={1263-1270 vol.2}
}
  • G. LandisJ. Appelbaum
  • Published 21 May 1990
  • Environmental Science, Physics
  • IEEE Conference on Photovoltaic Specialists
Considerations for operation of a photovoltaic power system on Mars are discussed with reference to Viking Lander data. The average solar insolation on Mars is 590 W/m/sup 2/, which is reduced yet further by atmospheric dust. Of major concern are dust storms, which have been observed to occur on local as well as on global scales, and their effect on solar array output. While atmospheric opacity may rise to values ranging from three to nine, depending on storm severity, there is still an… 

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