|Title||Is the average photon energy a unique characteristic of the spectral distribution of global irradiance?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Nofuentes, G, Gueymard CA, Aguilera J., Pérez-Godoy M.D., and Charte Francisco|
The average photon energy (APE) has become a popular index to qualitatively assess whether shorter or longer wavelengths are enhanced in a specific spectral distribution of irradiance when compared to the AM1.5G standard spectrum. According to some previous assessments, this index might uniquely distinguish individual global tilted irradiance and global horizontal irradiance spectra. This paper basically applies the same methodology as that used in these studies, i.e., a statistical analysis based on spectral distributions grouped in 0.02-eV APE bins and their standard deviation across all 50-nm bands into which the wavelength range under scrutiny (350 to 1050 nm) is divided. Two years of spectral global tilted irradiance datasets collected at two Spanish locations, 333 km apart, are analyzed here.