A Public-Private-Academic Partnership to Advance Solar Power Forecasting

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The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will develop a solar power forecasting system that advances the state of the science through cutting-edge research.

The team will develop a solar power forecasting system that advances the state of the science through cutting-edge research, test it in several high penetration solar areas, and disseminate the research results widely to raise the bar on solar power forecasting.

Project Partners: 

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Penn State University
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Washington
  • University of Central Florida
  • Long Island Power and Light
  • Public Service of Colorado
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District
  • Hawaiian Electric System
  • New York Power Authority
  • Xcel Energy
  • Telvent DTN
  • Atmospheric and Environmental Research
  • Global Weather Corporation
  • MDA Information Systems
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The team will advance methods for solar radiation measurement and cloud observation and tracking techniques; methods to quantify and track aerosols that affect cloud formation and radiative transfer, including the prediction of aerosols, haze, and contrails; short-term prediction of cloud properties based on observations; and nowcasting techniques.

At this time, this project does not have published articles, patents, or awards.