in News Departments > Products & Technology
print the content item

New Jersey-based Locus Energy has launched a beta version of its solar forecasting service for grid operators. The company says the service provides a short-term (0-6 hours) forecast tool capable of predicting solar irradiance and power across an entire install base or geographic region.

The service projects cloud motion by applying computer vision algorithms to real-time satellite imagery in order to forecast solar irradiance and power. Locus Energy uses its Virtual Irradiance anaylsis tool that incorporates existing historical and real-time irradiance data. It also performs modeling functions on its SolarOS system. Dynamic groups of PV arrays in selected geographies are modeled using the company's SolaNOC system.

"Solar forecasting can provide insights into how incoming weather patterns will impact solar power generation, allowing grid operators to adapt and optimally plan non-solar power generation," says  Locus Energy's Chief Technology Officer Shawn Kerrigan.




Hybrid Energy Innovations

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

A new survey gauges rural smart grid efforts across the country and offers key findings, one of which is that nearly all utilities polled are doing something to modernize their systems.


Global Smart Grid Tech Revenue Slated For Solid Growth

According to a report from Navigant Research, annual revenue for smart grid technologies will reach over $70 billion within the next 10 years.


Utilities Partner With Energy Storage To Harness Renewables

As utilities struggle to incorporate the increased use of intermittent renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, onto the grid, the power providers are looking to energy storage.


Smart Meter Fire Probe Points To Sensus Design 'Shortcomings'

There has been more fallout in Saskatchewan: An investigation into SaskPower's halted smart meter program says Sensus Generation 3.3 units "have a tendency to leak" and the utility mishandled the rollout.


Two Years After Superstorm Sandy, Utilities Highlight Grid Efforts

As the U.S. reflects on the monster hurricane that struck in October 2012, utilities note what they have done to help protect against future severe weather.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180