Photovoltaic Energy Meteorology

Lead Research Organisation: Loughborough University
Department Name: Wolfson Sch of Mech, Elec & Manufac Eng


Understanding the performance of photovoltaic systems requires meteorological data. This is normally collected for a limited number of sites, which are not where the systems are sited.

The project will generate national scale operating environments for the UK as well as India. The starting point is an existent model at CREST in a GIS environment, which will be extended significantly by combining meteorological data as well as satellite data to deliver a model with much improved accuracy. This will then be used for for- and past casting photovoltaic performance.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N509516/1 30/09/2016 29/09/2021
1919120 Studentship EP/N509516/1 30/06/2017 30/07/2021 Alastair Barrett
Description As part of the Joint UK India Clean Energy project, this award has been used to develop a novel methodology to estimate irradiance values from a sky camera. In addition this newly developed model is used as a training dataset to improve satellite irradiance models with particular reference to the UK and India. This model can then be used to assist in the improved deployment of photovoltaics in India.
Exploitation Route Improved deployment of renewable energy and potential in improved climate and weather modelling.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Energy,Environment

Description Using sky cameras to improve irradiance estimates 
Organisation Tezpur University
Country India 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Devising a method to use sky cameras imagery to estimate irradiance levels. Data and methodologies provided by Loughborough university and site visit to Tezpur Univeristy by Dr Ian Cole to install a sky camera.
Collaborator Contribution Facilitating installation of sky camera and ongoing maintenance and data collection.
Impact Poster presentation made at JVCEC 2018 by Alastair Barrett.
Start Year 2018