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SOLAR IRRADIANCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM AND WEATHER MODEL INCORPORATING RESULTS OF SUCH MEASUREMENT

United States Patent Application

20140149038
A1
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A measurement system and method of forecasting time-dependent corrections into a power output of photovoltaic power generators based on a determination of time-dependent shading of photovoltaic cells. Identification of cloud positioning in the sky is based on recordation of images of a scene within a field-of-view FOV that optionally subtends the Sun, base on which images a velocity vector associated with cloud movement is computed to form output associated with time when clouds will shade power generators in question. A method for producing a weather forecast based on such corrections.
Cronin, Alexander D. (Tucson, AZ), Lonji, Vincent (Tucson, AZ), Holmgren, William (Tucson, AZ), Lorenzo, Antonio (Tucson, AZ), Betterton, Eric (Tucson, AZ), Leuthold, Michael S. (Tucson, AZ)
14/ 090,602
November 26, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Grant Number DE-OE0000181 awarded by the Department of Energy. The U.S. government has certain rights in the invention.