Postdoctoral Researcher Forecasting of Photovoltaic Module Energy Generation

June 29 2017
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Full Time
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Imec's PV department is an internationally recognized research group thanks to its experts and world-class technology labs. To respond to the challenge of integration renewables and photovoltaics in the smart grid, PV energy generation forecasting is becoming a critical topic. We launched several new activities jointly with our academic and industrial partners to respond to this challenge, and anticipate a rapid growth in this domain. Therefore, we look for a dynamic researcher eager to contribute to this goal.

PV forecasting (nowcasting) aims to predict on a timescale of minutes to several days ahead the PV production based on combination of advanced weather and PV forecast models. Imec's PV forecasting approach relies on its own patented bottom-up physics based simulation framework for PV. This initial framework allowed us to reach record precision even in daily energy yield prediction in highly varying real-life conditions. Its combination with weather/cloud forecast is our current research focus that can lead to significant precision improvement. Besides the algorithm development and the corresponding software framework, we work on a complementary monitoring/measurement hardware framework that is crucial to have location specific forecast data to maximize the improvement and hence the expected return/revenues.

As postdoctoral researcher in PV forecasting you will be leading the further extension of this truly state-of-the-art simulation framework. Jointly with metrology experts, you will also initiate its first power plant scale validation, that will assist the further model development.

This position will be at the site of EnergyVille in Genk where you will have direct access to outdoor measurements sites, and expert working on gird load management and various topic related to smart grid development.

This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).

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