Design considerations for Mars photovoltaic systems

  title={Design considerations for Mars photovoltaic systems},
  author={G. Landis and J. Appelbaum},
  journal={IEEE Conference on Photovoltaic Specialists},
  pages={1263-1270 vol.2}
  • G. Landis, J. Appelbaum
  • Published 1990
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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