IOE PhD student Youngjun Choe and PhD alum Weihong (Grace) Guo (now at Rutgers University as an Assistant Professor) along with IOE professors Eunshin Byon and Judy Jin have been awarded the 2016 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE, formerly IIE) Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) Best Paper Award in the Energy Systems Track. Their winning paper is titled “Change-point Detection in Solar Panel Degradation Analysis.”
The performance degradation or the energy output loss over time, of solar panel array is a major concern to solar energy stakeholders. In the paper, a nonparametric detection method is proposed to retrospectively identify the time points of abrupt power changes. The superiority of the proposed method over other detection methods is demonstrated using both the simulated and real world data. The proposed method will help solar energy stakeholders in several aspects including warranty underwriting, preventive maintenance planning, and financial analysis.
The group will be recognized for this award at the IIE Annual Conference and Expo which will be held from May 21 to 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California.