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Title: Optimally placing photovoltaic arrays to maximize value of energy production based on peak power production, local solar radiation, weather, electricity market prices and rate structures

Abstract

A method, system and computer program product for optimally placing photovoltaic arrays to maximize a value of energy production. Incident solar radiation for various placements of the photovoltaic arrays accommodating different azimuths and tilts is calculated. Alternating current solar photovoltaic electricity energy and power production is then estimated from the calculated solar radiation on a plane and weather data. Furthermore, a value of solar photovoltaic electricity energy and power produced by the photovoltaic arrays for the various placements is calculating using the estimated alternating current solar photovoltaic electricity production. A placement out of the various placements for the photovoltaic arrays is then selected corresponding to a highest value of the solar photovoltaic electricity produced by the photovoltaic arrays. In this manner, the appropriate placement for the photovoltaic arrays is determined that maximizes the value of energy production (where “value” may correspond to an economic value or a non-economic value).

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1568182
Patent Number(s):
10,255,393
Application Number:
14/724,276
Assignee:
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
DOE Contract Number:  
OE0000219
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 05/28/2015
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Webber, Michael E., Rhodes, Joshua D., and Upshaw, Charles R. Optimally placing photovoltaic arrays to maximize value of energy production based on peak power production, local solar radiation, weather, electricity market prices and rate structures. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Webber, Michael E., Rhodes, Joshua D., & Upshaw, Charles R. Optimally placing photovoltaic arrays to maximize value of energy production based on peak power production, local solar radiation, weather, electricity market prices and rate structures. United States.
Webber, Michael E., Rhodes, Joshua D., and Upshaw, Charles R. Tue . "Optimally placing photovoltaic arrays to maximize value of energy production based on peak power production, local solar radiation, weather, electricity market prices and rate structures". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1568182.
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title = {Optimally placing photovoltaic arrays to maximize value of energy production based on peak power production, local solar radiation, weather, electricity market prices and rate structures},
author = {Webber, Michael E. and Rhodes, Joshua D. and Upshaw, Charles R.},
abstractNote = {A method, system and computer program product for optimally placing photovoltaic arrays to maximize a value of energy production. Incident solar radiation for various placements of the photovoltaic arrays accommodating different azimuths and tilts is calculated. Alternating current solar photovoltaic electricity energy and power production is then estimated from the calculated solar radiation on a plane and weather data. Furthermore, a value of solar photovoltaic electricity energy and power produced by the photovoltaic arrays for the various placements is calculating using the estimated alternating current solar photovoltaic electricity production. A placement out of the various placements for the photovoltaic arrays is then selected corresponding to a highest value of the solar photovoltaic electricity produced by the photovoltaic arrays. In this manner, the appropriate placement for the photovoltaic arrays is determined that maximizes the value of energy production (where “value” may correspond to an economic value or a non-economic value).},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {4}
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