In-Network Distributed Solar Current Prediction

Elizabeth Basha, Raja Jurdak, Daniela Rus
2014 ACM transactions on sensor networks  
Long-term sensor network deployments demand careful power management. While managing power requires understanding the amount of energy harvestable from the local environment, current solar prediction methods rely only on recent local history, which makes them susceptible to high variability. In this paper, we present a model and algorithms for distributed solar current prediction, based on multiple linear regression to predict future solar current based on local, in-situ climatic and solar
more » ... rements. These algorithms leverage spatial information from neighbors and adapt to the changing local conditions not captured by global climatic information. We implement these algorithms on our Fleck platform and run a 7-weeklong experiment validating our work. In analyzing our results from this experiment, we determined that computing our model requires an increased energy expenditure of 4.5mJ over simpler models (on the order of 10 −7 % of the harvested energy) to gain a prediction improvement of 39.7%.
doi:10.1145/2629593 fatcat:ddko4olp7nb2jlldsc7r7gj5nm