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SRML Glossary — "F"

Special thanks to NREL

We'd like to thank the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for making available to us their glossary, which is the basis of ours. We've edited and reformatted it, and linked it to our Web pages, and we'll continue to add our own specialized terms, illustrations, and examples. Please note that the Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory takes full responsibility for any inaccuracies that may occur.

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Farenheit Scale
 
  The English temperature scale for which 32°C is the temperature at which water freezes and 212°C is the temperature at which water boils, at standard atmospheric pressure. The conversion from Celsius to Farenheit is

    F = 1.8 C + 32


F-CHART
 
  A solar power system analysis and design program. For more information, see the F-CHART home page.
Fixed-Tilt Array
 
  A set (array) of solar power collectors that do not pivot to follow the track of the Sun in the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere, they are usually mounted with a southern tilt that will maximize the amount of energy that they can receive.
Flat-Plate Collector
 
  A solar power collector that absorbs the Sun's energy on a flat surface without concentrating or refocusing it.
Flux
 
  The rate at which a substance flows. The Watt is a unit of energy flux, because it indicates the amount of energy (in joules) that flows every second.
Focusing Collector
 
  A collector that enhances solar energy by focusing it onto a smaller area through mirrored surfaces or lenses.
   
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