SteadyEye 

Solar forecasts for the next minutes 

ABOUT

Forecasts based on real-time all sky images for very short-term solar forecasting needs

SteadyEye provides advanced solar irradiance and production forecasts up to 30 minutes ahead. This unique nowcasting product combines on-site sky imagery processing with weather forecast, physical models and artificial intelligence. The product is designed to anticipate solar power ramp events and to guarantee PV production.

SteadyEye solution is tailored for industrial applications such as hybrid energy systems and storage control (i.e. PV-diesel-battery), utility scale PV and CSP plants operations as well as grid management.

Sky and weather conditions above solar power plants are continuously monitored using SW-X all sky imager(s) and predicted locally, improving the accuracy of solar forecasts for the next minutes and anticipating the risks of variability.

Sky imager coverage

Observation of cloud cover with a sky imager

Intrahour GHI forecast for 1 site (France) 

Intrahour GHI forecast for 1 site

Intrahour power forecast for a 3.2MWp PV-Diesel plant (Australia) 

Intrahour power forecast for a 3.2MWp PV-Diesel plant

Sky imager-based cloud forecast above one site in France

Sky imager-based cloud forecast above one site in France

30 min 

Max time horizon  

1440 times a day 

Update frequency  

1 min 

Forecast time-step  

Power, GHI, DNI, DHI, GTI, Temperature 

Available parameters  

Site, Portfolio 

Coverage  

PV, Trackers, Bifacial, CSP 

Technology

API, SFTP or Modbus 

Data Delivery  

P10, P20,… , P80, P90 

Confidence levels  

KEY BENEFITS

OPTIMIZE PV POWER RAMP MANAGEMENT 

Thanks to 1 minute forecast update frequency. 

REDUCE HYBRID PLANT OPERATION COSTS 

By increasing the use of solar energy. 

FACILITATE BALANCING OF POWER GRIDS 

And manage spinning reserves.  

IMPROVE OFF-GRID ENERGY SYSTEM OPERATION 

By fostering balancing of the system.  

CUSTOMERS NEEDS  

Particularly suitable for insular networks and hybrid systems. It favors real time management and decision making in order to optimize the alternative energy production methods to implement

HYBRID SYSTEMS & STORAGE

Microgrid studies, solar and wind forecasts to optimize the sizing and the management of hybrids systems (PV/Wind/Storage/Genset).

GRID MANAGEMENT

Solar and wind forecasts to reduce spinning reserve, and avoid grid instability.

INSULAR SYSTEM MANAGEMENT

Studies to anticipate the meteorological impact on the grid during transition to renewable energies, solar and wind forecasts to reduce spinning reserve, and avoid grid instability.

PLANT OPERATIONS

Products and services for solar plant operators allowing you to maximize the profitability of your plants.

MICROGRIDS

Solar, Wind and Load forecast to define the best control strategy and maximize self-consumption.

CUSTOMERS NEEDS

Particularly suitable for insular networks and hybrid systems. It favors real time management and decision making in order to optimize the alternative energy production methods to implement

Hybrid energy and storage systems

Hybrid systems & storage

Microgrid studies, solar and wind forecasts to optimize the sizing and the management of hybrids systems (PV/Wind/Storage/Genset).

Anticipate the variability of solar energy in an insular environment

Insular system management

Studies to anticipate the meteorological impact on the grid during transition to renewable energies, solar and wind forecasts to reduce spinning reserve, and avoid grid instability.

Solar forecasting for distribution system operators

Grid management

Solar and wind forecasts to reduce spinning reserve, and avoid grid instability.

Irradiance forecasting for plant operations

Plant operation

Products and services for solar plant operators allowing you to maximize the profitability of your plants.

Solar forecasting for self consumption

Microgrids

Solar, Wind and Load forecast to define the best control strategy and maximize self-consumption.

METHODOLOGY

Local cloud information is acquired by one or several ground-based sky imager at a high frequency (up to 15 seconds) (step 1). The combination of these images and local weather measurement information are processed to simulate cloud motion vectors and optical depth to obtain forecasts up to 30 minutes ahead (step 2).

Forecasts are then optimized (step 3), by using production/irradiance observations, to take into account local phenomena, and by leveraging artificial intelligence technologies.

Ready-to-use forecasts, in a customized format, are then disseminated (step 4) through our proprietary web interface, csv files delivered via (S)FTP platforms or API. 

Step 1

DATA ACQUISITION

From Steadysun SW-X series sky imager(s).

Visible images and atmospheric measurements.

Every 30 seconds.

Step 2

MODELING 

Cloud detection, classification and motion prediction.

Accurate estimation of clear sky conditions using real-time aerosols prediction.

Calculation of direct and diffuse irradiance components in cloudy conditions.

PV modeling based on physical models and plant features.

Probabilistic forecasting using physical and statistical approaches.

Step 3

OPTIMIZATION 

Based on historical and/or real-time on-site measurements.

Continuous accuracy improvements using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques.

To take into account local weather phenomena and power plants’ behavior.

Step 4

DELIVERY 

Flexible sending (API, SFTP, etc..).

Customized format (csv, txt, etc.).

Dedicated and secured Steadysun’s web interfaces (visualization, data analytics and warnings).

Forecast performance monitoring.

METHODOLOGY  

Local cloud information is acquired by one or several ground-based sky imager at a high frequency (up to 15 seconds) (step 1). The combination of these images and local weather measurement information are processed to simulate cloud motion vectors and optical depth to obtain forecasts up to 30 minutes ahead (step 2).

Forecasts are then optimized (step 3), by using production/irradiance observations, to take into account local phenomena, and by leveraging artificial intelligence technologies.

Ready-to-use forecasts, in a customized format, are then disseminated (step 4) through our proprietary web interface, csv files delivered via (S)FTP platforms or API. 

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

DATA ACQUISITION 

MODELING 

OPTIMIZATION 

DELIVERY 

From Steadysun SW-X series sky imager(s).

Visible images and atmospheric measurements.

Every 30 seconds.

Cloud detection, classification and motion prediction.

Accurate estimation of clear sky conditions using real-time aerosols prediction.

Calculation of direct and diffuse irradiance components in cloudy conditions.

PV modeling based on physical models and plant features.

Probabilistic forecasting using physical and statistical approaches.

Based on historical and/or real-time on-site measurements.

Continuous accuracy improvements using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques.

To take into account local weather phenomena and power plants’ behavior.

Flexible sending (API, SFTP, etc..).

Customized format (csv, txt, etc.).

Dedicated and secured Steadysun’s web interfaces (visualization, data analytics and warnings).

Forecast performance monitoring.

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OUR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES  

Solar forecasts for the coming days, using numerical weather prediction models outputs:

Reduce penalties

Plan and minimize spinning reserve

Sell energy at the best price on day-ahead markets

Solar forecasts for the coming hours, based on satellite imagery:

Reduce penalties & optimize storage management

Manage spinning reserve in real time

Sell energy at the best price on intraday markets

Energy consumption forecasts, thanks to artificial intelligence and weather forecasting:

Electrical and thermal uses

Optimization of self-consumption

Smart grids management

Technical and economic studies:

Sizing and control of hybrid systems

Solar resource and yield assessment

Assessment of gains brought by forecasting

Development of grid codes

Day ahead solar forecasting

Solar forecasts for the coming days, using numerical weather prediction models outputs

Reduce penalties

Plan and minimize spinning reserve

Sell energy at the best price on day-ahead markets

Intraday solar forecasting

Solar forecasts for the coming hours, based on satellite imagery

Reduce penalties & optimize storage management

Manage spinning reserve in real time

Sell energy at the best price on intraday markets

Energy consumption forecasts

Energy consumption forecasts, thanks to artificial intelligence and weather forecasting

Electrical and thermal uses

Optimization of self-consumption

Smart grids management

Solar energy feasability study

Technical and economic studies

Sizing and control of hybrid systems

Solar resource and yield assessment

Assessment of gains brought by forecasting

Development of grid codes

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