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A method of calculating urban-scale solar potential by evaluating and quantifying the relationship between urban block typology and occlusion coefficient: a case study of Wuhan in central China

Xu, Shen, Li, Zhixin, Zheng, Chen, Huang, Zhaojin, Tian, Jia, Lou, Yongqiang and Du, Hu 2021. A method of calculating urban-scale solar potential by evaluating and quantifying the relationship between urban block typology and occlusion coefficient: a case study of Wuhan in central China. Sustainable Cities and Society 64 , 102451. 10.1016/j.scs.2020.102451
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Abstract

Relevant research shows that the potential of solar energy utilization varies greatly in different occlusion conditions. However, existing methods of assessing macro-city-scale solar roof utilization potential are not capable of considering the factor of mutual occlusion between urban buildings. To measure the overall solar photovoltaic utilization potential of the city, it is necessary to quantify the occlusion caused by the urban environmental building roof. This paper uses typical high-density blocks to quantify differences of occlusions on the building roof caused by urban blocks and building functions. Taking Wuhan as an example, a large number of urban blocks which form indicators were counted were selected as research samples, the data sets covers six types of morphological indicators to classify the urban blocks, and then the above blocks was modelled to simulate the solar radiation in order to obtain the values and combine with their morphological parameters, which will help to get roof solar occlusion factors by linear regression ways. The overall roof occlusion coefficient result of Wuhan is 0.079. By applying the above-mentioned occlusion coefficient to measure the solar energy potential of Hongshan District in Wuhan, the annual photovoltaic power generation was calculated to be able to reach 168.02GWh.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2210-6707
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 August 2020
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 17:22
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/135581

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