Since it's currently winter in central Europe, it's the perfect time to evaluate the Unified Clear-Sky Solar output Prediction Model for its feasibility/validity. After bringing the VFCC online, it was a simple task to ship prediction metrics and reference measurements into influxdb and create a couple of dashboards to create meaningful graphs to evaluate its performance very easily.
I know that we usually fly over webpages just scanning text for keywords and structural bits and pieces of information, with the least amount of attention we can spare. We often don't really read anymore. But today I would like you to slow down, take a moment, get your favorite beverage and sit down to actually read this, because a part of my current work presented a perfect opportunity to go into learning, knowledge transfer, inspiration and of course the misconception of originality as well.
Hello H0u5t0n, thanks for giving me a heads-up about the solar eclipse today... NOT. [Watching the Eclipse of 2015-03-20 in Munich through Metric Instrumentation (24h View)] It must have been around 0935, when I couldn't escape the feeling of some environmental anomaly.
The Unified Clear-Sky Solar output Prediction Model is an open-source clear-sky prediction model, incorporating math algorithms based on latest research by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a few veteran but still valid and publicly available NOAA/NASA computations. It has been around for a while but received a major revision, code refactoring and got bumped to primary project status, since it's becoming an essential tool in predicting…