No. 4. Bruxelles and Chicago

I am writing this post with a couple of weeks of delay, as the last period has been quite intense, and exciting, at the end. I have been attending a MSCA monitoring event, in Bruxelles, Belgium, and the 46th IEEE PVSC conference, in Chicago, IL, USA.

The meeting in Bruxelles was titled “Artificial intelligence a way forward for Europe”. Twenty-four MSCA-IF researchers were invited to present their projects and their latest progress. Even if all the projects made use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, several research topics were covered, including robotics, health, volcanology, and photovoltaics. My presentation focused on the use of Artificial Neural Networks and Weather Generation Algorithms to monitor and predict soiling losses. This meeting was a great occasion to get a feedback on the work, to get in touch with fellow researchers, and to explore different disciplines and various applications of AI techniques. Also, it was interesting to meet our project officers and the staff of the Research Executive Agency.

Due to the partial overlap between the two events, I was able to attend only the last two days of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), in Chicago. Despite that, I followed very stimulating the Thursday sessions on PV Forecasts and Bifacial modules. On Friday, we had two oral soiling sessions: in the first one, I presented our latest work, titled “Extracting and Generating PV Soiling Profiles for Analysis, Forecasting and Cleaning Optimization”, while I had the honor to chair the second session, on “Anti-Soiling Coatings”. In this session, Matt Muller, from NREL, presented the work we have done so far in developing and indoor and outdoor validating DUSST. Personally, attending this conference was also a great opportunity to meet former NREL colleagues and friends, get updates on their work and spend some good time together. I look forward to meet them again next year at the 47th IEEE PVSC, in Canada.

In May, Nadia, my girlfriend visited me in Jaén, and we explored a bit Andalucía and Extremadura. Some of the highlights were “El Caminito del Rey”, a walkway along the steep cliffs of a narrow spectacular gorge (Fig. 1), the roman ruins in the city of Mérida (Fig. 2), and the trail between the “Salto del Gitano” viewpoint and the castle, in the Monfragüe National Park.

Fig. 1. El Caminito del Rey.

Roman theatre of Mérida

Fig. 2. Roman theatre of Mérida.