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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Here Comes the Sun

SANYO, a corporation on the cutting edge of solar technology, and UC San Diego, well known for its sustainable research and use of solar technologies, have entered into a partnership in the renewable energy field. SANYO and UC San Diego will collaborate on multi-year, multi-disciplinary projects in the areas of renewable energy and energy storage research, development and education. SANYO will contribute $3 million over three years to fund the collaborative research projects.  The agreement is the first of its kind that SANYO has made with a university in the United States in the area of energy.

The research will build on the SANYO Smart Energy System concept, designed to improve the stability and reliability of renewable energy, and ongoing work at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering in areas such as solar forecasting, energy storage and general energy management.

The first project in the collaboration involves applying UCSD research on solar forecasting to the Smart Energy System.  UC San Diego environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl is using advanced weather stations and sky imaging tools and instruments (such as the Total Sky Imager pictured here) to create hourly, solar production forecasts

“SANYO is a leader in smart energy systems,” says Frieder Seible, dean of the Jacobs School, “and we look forward to contributing with our own research to more efficient renewable energy solutions.”

—Andrea Siedsma