Atmospheric Absorption

Absorption of solar radiation in the atmosphere. Solar radiation is thermalized down to environmental temperatures. In this model, the differences from 300K resulting from solar warming of the atmosphere are not counted as stored exergy. The winds that result from those temperature gradients are the only exergetic output of this transformation. Winds may be fed by more interactions - particularly by thermal interactions between the atmosphere and earth's surface, but the complex conductive radiative and convective interactions are not recorded in this model.

Average Efficiency: 1.00%


Carrier Exergy Flux (J/s) Carbon Flux (g/s) Citations
Sunlight 3.100e+16 0.000e+00
Radiation to Space 5.625e+16 0.000e+00
TOTAL 8.725e+16 0.000e+00


Carrier Exergy Flux (J/s) Carbon Flux (g/s) Citations
Wind 8.700e+14 0.000e+00
TOTAL 8.700e+14 0.000e+00