Renewable Energy Forecasting

Renewable Energy Forecasting

From Models to Applications

1st Edition - June 14, 2017

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  • Editor: Georges Kariniotakis
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081005040
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005057

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Renewable Energy Forecasting: From Models to Applications provides an overview of the state-of-the-art of renewable energy forecasting technology and its applications. After an introduction to the principles of meteorology and renewable energy generation, groups of chapters address forecasting models, very short-term forecasting, forecasting of extremes, and longer term forecasting. The final part of the book focuses on important applications of forecasting for power system management and in energy markets. Due to shrinking fossil fuel reserves and concerns about climate change, renewable energy holds an increasing share of the energy mix. Solar, wind, wave, and hydro energy are dependent on highly variable weather conditions, so their increased penetration will lead to strong fluctuations in the power injected into the electricity grid, which needs to be managed. Reliable, high quality forecasts of renewable power generation are therefore essential for the smooth integration of large amounts of solar, wind, wave, and hydropower into the grid as well as for the profitability and effectiveness of such renewable energy projects.

Key Features

  • Offers comprehensive coverage of wind, solar, wave, and hydropower forecasting in one convenient volume
  • Addresses a topic that is growing in importance, given the increasing penetration of renewable energy in many countries
  • Reviews state-of-the-science techniques for renewable energy forecasting
  • Contains chapters on operational applications


Research meteorologists and engineers responsible for building forecast models. Power forecast practitioners (e.g. wind/solar plant operators, grid operators, energy traders). Researchers in academia (from post-graduate level upwards) working in the areas of energy meteorology, energy policy, grid integration and renewable energy in general

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Introduction to meteorology and measurement technologies

    1. Principles of meteorology and numerical weather forecasting

    2. Measurement methodologies for wind energy based on ground-level remote sensing

    Part II: Methods for Renewable Energy Forecasting

    3. Wind energy forecasting models

    4. Mathematical Methods for Optimized Solar Forecasting

    5. Solar power forecasting based on sky cameras

    6. Short term solar power forecasting based on satellite images

    7. Wave energy forecasting models

    8. Forecasting intrahourly variability of wind generation

    9. Characterisation of forecast errors and benchmarking of renewable energy forecasts 

    Part III: Applications of forecasting to power system management and markets

    10. Renewable forecasting and electricity markets

    11. Forecasting for the estimation of reserves into power systems  

    12. Forecasting for storage management

    13. Dynamic line rating forecasting

    14. The role of predictability in the investment phase of wind farms


Product details

  • No. of pages: 386
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2017
  • Published: June 14, 2017
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780081005040
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081005057

About the Editor

Georges Kariniotakis

George Kariniotakis received his Eng. and M.Sc. degrees from Greece in 1990 and 1992 respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from Ecole des Mines de Paris in 1996. He is currently with the Centre PERSEE of MINES ParisTech in France as a senior scientist and head of the Renewable Energies and Smartgrids Group. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications in journals and conferences. He has been involved as participant or coordinator in more than 40 R&D projects in the fields of renewable energies and distributed generation. Among them, he was the coordinator of some major EU projects in the field of wind power forecasting such as Anemos, and SafeWind projects. His scientific interests include among others timeseries forecasting, decision making under uncertainty, modelling, management and planning of power systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Scientist, Center for Energy and Processes of MINES ParisTech

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