Distributed Bayesian Estimation with Low-rank Data: Application to Solar Array Processing

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Abstract

In this paper, we present a distributed array processing algorithm to analyze the power output of solar photo-voltaic (PV) installations, leveraging the low-rank structure inherent in the data to estimate possible faults. Our multi-agent algorithm requires near-neighbor communications only and is also capable of jointly estimating the common low rank cloud profile and local shading of panels. To illustrate the workings of our algorithm, we perform experiments to detect shading faults in solar PV installations within a single ZIP code. Additionally, we also derive a Bayesian lower bound on the shading parameter's mean squared estimation error. The results are promising and show that we can successfully estimate the fraction of partial shading in solar installations that can usually go unnoticed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages4440-4444
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479981311
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019
Event44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019 - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: May 12 2019May 17 2019

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2019-May
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Conference

Conference44th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBrighton
Period5/12/195/17/19

Keywords

  • Bayesian estimation
  • Distributed array processing
  • partial shading
  • solar panel monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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