Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Receives DoE Funding to Develop Intelligent Diagnostic Algorithms for Revenue Critical Photovoltaic Arrays-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Receives DoE Funding to Develop Intelligent Diagnostic Algorithms for Revenue Critical Photovoltaic Arrays-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Receives DoE Funding to Develop Intelligent Diagnostic Algorithms for Revenue Critical Photovoltaic Arrays

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley’s Abraham Ishihara is the principal investigator for one of four Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards from the U.S. Department of Energy in support of Smart Controllers for Smart Grid Applications. The award is part of a $188 million investment supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Ishihara, a research faculty at CMUSV will direct the work, which is in collaboration with Wattminder, Inc., a startup based in Sunnyvale, Ca. The work primarily targets the solar power purchase agreement (PPA) market which is projected to reach an estimated $8 billion in new photovoltaic (PV) solar power generation installations by 2013.

“For revenue-critical PV arrays, detection of underperformance and its timely resolution are essential for the cost-effective operation and optimal integration with the Smart Grid. The work proposed will lay the groundwork for developing a cloud-based diagnostic infrastructure where services are provided to PPA contractors which enable real-time monitoring and diagnostics of the PV array.” Ishihara said.