The Faculty of Graduate Studies awarded the researcher Mohammed Hanaysheh a Master’s Degree in Clean Energy and Conservation Strategy in response to his thesis entitled “Integrating Microwave Link Data for Analysis of Solar Radiation in Palestine IMAS”.
The main goal of this research is to develop an indirect method for solar radiation estimation using integrated data from Microwave-Links. Additionally, it also aims to estimate the rainfall rate and relative humidity from the attenuation caused for MW-Links received signal. The solar radiation, rainfall rate and relative humidity estimates from the MW-Links signal are compared with on ground measurements at Nablus meteorological station. The solar radiation, rainfall rate and relative humidity and data were obtained from the Palestinian Meteorological Department (PMD). The MW-Link was used as an environmental sensor with low cost compared other measurement techniques.
The rainfall rate measurements from MW-Link were estimated from the received signal level (RSL) during rainy periods. This attenuation is converted to rainfall rate data using a mathematical model which is explaining the relationship between rainfall rate and electromagnetic attenuation. The same procedure had been used to estimate relative humidity using special model which is explaining the relationship between relative humidity and electromagnetic attenuation and taking into account the RSL is measured during time periods with no rain. Finally, regression analysis was applied to rainfall, relative humidity and solar radiation data to predict solar radiation model.
Rainfall rate and relative humidity estimates taken from the MW-Link were very close to the records obtained from PMD with a correlation coefficient R^2 of 0.95 and 0.70 for rainfall rate and relative humidity respectively. The solar radiation measured from the model developed was very close to the measurements provided by the PMD with a correlation coefficient of R^2=0.95.
The committee consisted of: Dr. Samir Shadid as a main supervisor and Chairman, Dr. Hasan Falah as a second supervisor, Dr. Fathi Enayah as an external examiner, Dr. Imad Breik as an internal examiner and Dr. Anan Jayousi as an internal examiner.
At the end of the session, the committee approved the success of the researcher and recommended him a Master’s degree.