A bayesian-based neural network model for solar photovoltaic power forecasting

Angelo Ciaramella, Antonino Staiano, Guido Cervone, Stefano Alessandrini

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Solar photovoltaic power (PV) generation has increased constantly in several countries in the last ten years becoming an important component of a sustainable solution of the energy problem. In this paper, a methodology to 24 h or 48 h photovoltaic power forecasting based on a Neural Network, trained in a Bayesian framework, is proposed. More specifically, a multi-ahead prediction Multi-Layer Perceptron Neural Network is used, whose parameters are estimated by a probabilistic Bayesian learning technique. The Bayesian framework allows obtaining the confidence intervals and to estimate the error bars of the Neural Network predictions. In order to build an effective model for PV forecasting, the time series of Global Horizontal Irradiance, Cloud Cover, Direct Normal Irradiance, 2-m Temperature, azimuth angle and solar Elevation Angle are used and preprocessed by a Linear Predictive Coding technique. The experimental results show a low percentage of forecasting error on test data, which is encouraging if compared to state-of-the-art methods in literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Neural Networks - Computational Intelligence for ICT
EditorsAnna Esposito, Anna Esposito, Francesco Carlo Morabito, Eros Pasero, Simone Bassis
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319337463
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Workshop on Neural Networks, WIRN 2015 - Vietri sul Mare, Italy
Duration: May 20 2015May 22 2015

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISSN (Print)2190-3018
ISSN (Electronic)2190-3026


OtherInternational Workshop on Neural Networks, WIRN 2015
CityVietri sul Mare

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Decision Sciences
  • General Computer Science


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