Special Issue "Advance Techniques for Solar Radiation, Wind Speed and Photovoltaic Forecasting"

A special issue of Forecasting (ISSN 2571-9394). This special issue belongs to the section "Power and Energy Forecasting".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 11 June 2024 | Viewed by 1918

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Science Engineer Laboratory for Energy, National School of Applied Sciences, Chouaib Doukkali University of El Jadida, El Jadida, Morocco
Interests: mathematical modelling; optimisation and meta-heuristic algorithm; computational intelligence; photovoltaic & power energy; forecasting; fuel cell; GPR; radio frequency; electromagnetic and electronic
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Department of Energy, Politecnico Di Milano, Via Lambruschini 4, I-20156 Milano, Italy
Interests: energy forecasting; wind and solar energy systems; PV forecasting; renewable energy; multi-good microgrid; vehicle-to-grid
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advance techniques and methods such as machine learning and artificial intelligence are essential parts of interdisciplinary operational research. Various techniques based on advanced methods have been used in the study of solar radiation, wind turbines and photovoltaic power forecasting. The used technique is based on the weather conditions and the physical and mathematical models. The forecasting techniques are divided into three categories: physical models, statistical models and hybrid models. The aim of this Special Issue is to forecast the solar radiation, wind speed and photovoltaic power output using advance techniques, and to publish high quality papers on these subjects. The forecasted data can be used for the smart grid to ensure its stability or to forecast the output of the smart grid. The purpose of this Special Issue is to encourage scholars and practitioners to publish and discuss novel and high-quality papers.

This Special Issue is devoted to modelling, forecasting, optimization and application in the broadest sense, covering recent conceptual results and the implementations of newly created techniques to study solar radiation and solar cells/photovoltaics.

We welcome both original research and review articles. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Forecasting of photovoltaic/thermal
  • Solar radiation forecasting
  • Wind speed and wind turbine forecasting
  • Photovoltaic power output and temperature forecasting
  • Forecasting and modelling of reliability and lifetime of photovoltaics
  • Forecasting of photovoltaic systems characterization
  • Solar cell and photovoltaic parameters extraction, identification and forecasting
  • Performance modelling and analysis of photovoltaic/thermal and solar radiation forecasting
  • Photovoltaic MPPT optimization and forecasting
  • Forecasting of photovoltaic/wind turbine forecasting

Dr. Mohamed Louzazni
Prof. Dr. Sonia Leva
Guest Editors

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  • forecasting techniques
  • machine learning
  • computational intelligence
  • solar radiation forecasting
  • wind speed forecasting
  • photovoltaic output forecasting

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Global Solar Radiation Forecasting Based on Hybrid Model with Combinations of Meteorological Parameters: Morocco Case Study
Forecasting 2023, 5(1), 172-195; https://doi.org/10.3390/forecast5010009 - 27 Jan 2023
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The adequate modeling and estimation of solar radiation plays a vital role in designing solar energy applications. In fact, unnecessary environmental changes result in several problems with the components of solar photovoltaic and affects the energy generation network. Various computational algorithms have been [...] Read more.
The adequate modeling and estimation of solar radiation plays a vital role in designing solar energy applications. In fact, unnecessary environmental changes result in several problems with the components of solar photovoltaic and affects the energy generation network. Various computational algorithms have been developed over the past decades to improve the efficiency of predicting solar radiation with various input characteristics. This research provides five approaches for forecasting daily global solar radiation (GSR) in two Moroccan cities, Tetouan and Tangier. In this regard, autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA), autoregressive moving average (ARMA), feed forward back propagation neural networks (FFBP), hybrid ARIMA-FFBP, and hybrid ARMA-FFBP were selected to compare and forecast the daily global solar radiation with different combinations of meteorological parameters. In addition, the performance in three approaches has been calculated in terms of the statistical metric correlation coefficient (R2), root means square error (RMSE), stand deviation (σ), the slope of best fit (SBF), legate’s coefficient of efficiency (LCE), and Wilmott’s index of agreement (WIA). The best model is selected by using the computed statistical metric, which is present, and the optimal value. The R2 of the forecasted ARIMA, ARMA, FFBP, hybrid ARIMA-FFBP, and ARMA-FFBP models is varying between 0.9472% and 0.9931%. The range value of SPE is varying between 0.8435 and 0.9296. The range value of LCE is 0.8954 and 0.9696 and the range value of WIA is 0.9491 and 0.9945. The outcomes show that the hybrid ARIMA–FFBP and hybrid ARMA–FFBP techniques are more effective than other approaches due to the improved correlation coefficient (R2). Full article
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