Forecasting of the Photovoltaic Electricity Production on a Sail Ship by Taking Account Shadow Effects

B. Genet, V. Boitier1, Y. Briere, and F. Defaÿ




Autonomous sailing robots have virtually no duration limit in operation because the main source of energy, for propulsion, is the wind. This paper focuses on the IBOAT3, a 1.8 meters long sailing robot ship developed at ISAE-SUPAERO. The onboard electronic consumption (actuators, GPS, ...) is supplied by a Li-ion battery. A 100 W photovoltaic panel mounted on the roof is used to recharge the battery. Unfortunately, shadows of the sail decrease the amount of energy given by the sun. This paper deals with the forecasting of the harvestable electric power taking account the trajectory, the wind and different factors that may have an impact on the journey across the ocean.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ, Nº. 17)
Pages: 288-293 Date of Publication: 2019/07/15
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:2019/04/10
REF: 290-19 Issue Date: July 2019
DOI:10.24084/repqj17.290 Publisher: EA4EPQ


Authors and affiliations

B. Genet1 , V. Boitier1 , Y. Briere2 , and F. Defaÿ2
1. CNRS, LAAS, 7 Avenue du colonel Roche, F-31400 Toulouse, France.
2. ISAE-SUPAERO, 10 Avenue Edouard Belin, F-31400 Toulouse, France.

Key words

Irradiance Model, Partial Shading, Sailing Robot, Energy Harvesting


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