Solar Irradiation Forecasting for PV Systems by Fully Tuned Minimal RBF Neural Networks

  • Lucio Ciabattoni
  • Gianluca Ippoliti
  • Sauro Longhi
  • Matteo Pirro
  • Matteo Cavalletti
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 19)


An on-line prediction algorithm able to estimate, over a determined time horizon, the solar irradiation of a specific site is considered. The learning algorithm is based on Radial Basis Function (RBF) networks and combines the growing criterion and the pruning strategy of the minimal resource allocating network technique. An adaptive extended Kalman filter is used to update all the parameters of the Neural Network (NN). The on-line learning mechanism avoids the initial training of the NN with a large data set. The proposed solution has been experimentally tested on a 14 kWp PhotoVoltaic (PV) plant and results are compared to a classical RBF neural network.


irradiation forecasting minimal resource allocating networks adaptive filtering self learning algorithm neural networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucio Ciabattoni
    • 1
  • Gianluca Ippoliti
    • 1
  • Sauro Longhi
    • 1
  • Matteo Pirro
    • 1
  • Matteo Cavalletti
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’InformazioneUniversitá Politecnica delle MarcheAnconaItaly
  2. 2.Energy Resources S.p.A.JesiItaly

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