Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 193–202

The efficiency of the conversion of solar energy into wind energy by means of Hadley cells

  • A. De Vos
  • P. van der Wel

DOI: 10.1007/BF00865706

Cite this article as:
De Vos, A. & van der Wel, P. Theor Appl Climatol (1993) 46: 193. doi:10.1007/BF00865706


In the present paper, we apply endoreversible thermodynamics in order to calculate the upper bound for the fraction of solar energy absorbed by the Earth, that can be converted into the mechanical energy present in the atmosphere. We assume the presence of six Hadley cells in the Earth's wind system and find an upper limit of 1.17%. For Mars we assume a single Hadley cell and find an upper limit of 0.87%.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. De Vos
    • 1
  • P. van der Wel
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorium voor elektronika en meettechniekUniversiteit GentBelgium

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