Determining how much electricity rooftop solar panels can produce is difficult. For individual house owners, solar panels can be a good investment for their house. The challenge is to decide on the number of panels and how to position them to optimise the amount of electricity that can be produced on the roof.
“Too many solar panels on the roof generates a surplus of electricity, but it does not give the owner a lot of money when it is sold on the marked. Too few solar panels, however, does not generate enough electricity in relation to the total cost of investment. Solar panels are expensive, so we need to find a balance to make the investment as profitable as possible for the consumer,” Mohammad Aslani says
Within the framework of Mohammad Aslani’s doctoral thesis, Aslani and Stefan Seipel, professor in computer science, have developed AI methods which can be used in a process containing several steps to assess the potential of rooftop solar panels. These methods can be useful on a micro level for individual house owners, as well as on macro levels for urban planners and real estate companies.
“This research is useful as a basis for decision making. If an urban planner wants to assess the potential in solar energy for an entire neighbourhood, it is crucial that the assessment is as accurate as possible, both for financial and environmental reasons,” Mohammad Aslani says.