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Topic Title: Snow to Energy?
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Created On: 10 December 2010 12:15 PM
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 10 December 2010 12:15 PM
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mshafique

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In Northern Finland where there is a lot of snow. I have been told this is to to our advantage because the reflection from all this white stuff gives us more productivity with our solar panels.

Truth or fiction

if u got any info do share
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 10 December 2010 12:57 PM
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OMS

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You could google "albedo effect" and then determine if the contribution from the snow is worthwhile in contrast to the fairly limited sun hours per annum in Finland.

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 20 December 2010 07:39 AM
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Probably canceled out by the 4 inches of snow sat on the array?!

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 26 August 2011 12:25 PM
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peterhoward

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UV reflection from both snow and water (eg coastal areas and at sea) is definitely a factor. I once suffered sunstroke after a canoeing trip on the sea!
 26 August 2011 12:40 PM
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ectophile

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My immediate thought is that the reflected light isn't going to do much good if the solar panel is pointed up at the sky, as they usually are.

If the panel were nearer vertical, it would see the reflected light (and also wouldn't get covered in snow). But that would be less efficient when the snow has melted.

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