Richard   Perez, PhD

Richard Perez, PhD

University at Albany, State University of New York

Senior Research Faculty, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Expertise: Atmospheric SciencesSolar EnergyEnergy

Research Interests
Solar Energy Resource assessment

Because the weather is the main driver of solar energy technologies, it is important to characterize and to quantify the influences of climate and weather on the solar resource. We have developed approaches to utilize the imagery from weather satellites to infer the amount of solar energy available at any point in time and space. We have used this capability to produce solar resource maps for the US and several other countries, and to provide operational data for solar system output quality control.

Evaluating the impact of solar energy systems on utility power grids

The resource information developed above can be used effectively to simulate the operation of solar power plants and to gauge their impact on utility grids' power flow. An important application of this is to detect, quantify and monitor the capability of dispersed photovoltaic systems to help utilities meet their peak demand requirements and to minimize the risks of power outages.



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