Solar Forecasting in a Challenging Insular Context
AbstractThis paper aims at assessing the accuracy of different solar forecasting methods in the case of an insular context. Two sites of La Réunion Island, Le Tampon and Saint-Pierre, are chosen to do the benchmarking exercise. Réunion Island is a tropical island with a complex orography where cloud processes are mainly governed by local dynamics. As a consequence, Réunion Island exhibits numerous micro-climates. The two aforementioned sites are quite representative of the challenging character of solar forecasting in the case of a tropical island with complex orography. Hence, although distant from only 10 km, these two sites exhibit very different sky conditions. This work focuses on day-ahead and intra-day solar forecasting. Day-ahead solar forecasts are provided by the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF). This organization maintains and runs the Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model named Integrated Forecast System (IFS). In this work, post-processing techniques are applied to refine the output of the IFS model for day-ahead forecasting. Statistical models like a recursive linear model or a nonlinear model such as an artificial neural network are used to produce the intra-day solar forecasts. It is shown that a combination of the IFS model and the neural network model further improves the accuracy of the forecasts. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Lauret, P.; Lorenz, E.; David, M. Solar Forecasting in a Challenging Insular Context. Atmosphere 2016, 7, 18.
Lauret P, Lorenz E, David M. Solar Forecasting in a Challenging Insular Context. Atmosphere. 2016; 7(2):18.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lauret, Philippe; Lorenz, Elke; David, Mathieu. 2016. "Solar Forecasting in a Challenging Insular Context." Atmosphere 7, no. 2: 18.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.