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Frank Vignola

Director,  University of Oregon
  Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory

UO faculty: member since 1977
Rank: Senior Research Associate


Degrees

B.A.,  University of California, Berkeley, Physics, 1967.
M.S.,  University of Oregon, Physics, 1969.
Ph.D.,  University of Oregon, Physics, 1975.

Positions

Senior Research Associate   Physics Department,
University of Oregon
1984-present.

Visiting Assistant Professor   Physics Department,
University of Oregon,
1986, 1987, 1988.

Research Associate   Physics Department,
University of Oregon,
1977-1984.


Memberships

International Solar Energy Society
Fellow, American Solar Energy Society

Professional activities


Associate Editor for Resource Assessment for Solar Energy, 2007 to present. Reviewer for Solar Energy, 1982-1990, 1994-present. Associate Editor for resource assessment for Solar Energy's special ISES conference Harrare Edition, 1995-1996.

Board member of the Resource Assessment Division of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) 1986-1989, 1992-1993, 1995-1996. Vice-Chair in 1988, 2002 and Chair in 1989, 2003.

Founder and Editor of Solar Spectrum, newsletter for the Resource Assessment Division of ASES 1988-2006. Editor of Solar Rising, newsletter for the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association 1998-2006.

Board member of the American Solar Energy Society, 1989-1991, 2002. Chair of the Issues and Technical Assessment Committee of ASES, 1989-1996. Member of the Technical Review Committee for ASES's annual conference in 1990, 1993, and 1995. Technical Review Committee Chair for SOLAR '94 and SOLAR 2004. Member of National, State, and Local Policy Committee of ASES, 1996-present. Board member of the Solar Energy Industries Association 2000.

Recipient of the 1996 ASES special recognition award for outstanding volunteer service.

Organized and led the 1997 Pacific Northwest Radiometer Workshop in Eugene, Oregon and the 2002 Use of Solar Radiation Data Workshop in Eugene, Oregon.

Research goals


Create a sound solar resource assessment data base in the Pacific Northwest to facilitate the deployment of solar electric technologies.

Develop tools to facilitate the use of solar radiation data.

Operate a high quality outdoor PV module testing lab for education and as a fee for service facility.

Produce and support a solar education kit with curriculum to energize and excite the next generation.

Offer workshops and educational material on the use of the solar radiation data base.

Provide consulting on the development and deployment of solar energy technologies.

Selected publications

2016 Uncertainty of rotating shadowband irradiometers and Si-pyranometers including the spectral, (Frank Vignola and Marko Schwandt), AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1734, Issue 1, id.150009, May. 2016
2014 PV Module Performance After 30 Years Without Washing, InterSolar North America, San Francisco, CA, (2014) (with Josh Peterson, Rich Kessles, Fuding Lin, Bill Marion, Allan Anderberg, and Fotis Mavromatakis)
2014 Effects if Changing Spectral Radiation Distribution on the Performance of Photodiode Pyranometers, InterSolar North America, San Francisco, CA (2014) (with Zachary Derocher, Josh Peterson, Laurent Vuilleumier, Christian Felix, Julian Grobner, and Natalia Kouremeti)
2014 Measuring and Estimating the Temperature of Photovoltaic Modules, Solar Energy, (2014) (with F. Mavromatakis, E. Kavoussanaki, and Y. Franghiadakis)
2014 Accuracy of Ground Surface Broadband Shortwave Radiation Monitoring, JGR: Atmosphere, (2014) (with L. Vuilleumier, M. Hauser, C. Felix, P. Blanc, A. Kazantzidis, and B. Calpini)
2014 New Data Set for Validating PV Module Performance Models, Proc. IEEE PVSC, Denver, CO, June 2014) (with Bill Marion, Allan Anderberg, Chris Deline, Joe del Cueto, Matt Muller, Greg Perrin, Jose Rodriguez, Steve Rummel, Timothy J. Silverman, Rich Kessler, Josh Peterson, Steve Barkaszi, Mark Jacobs, Nick Riedel, Larry Pratt, and Bruce King)
2014 Modelling The Power Produced By Photovoltaic Systems, Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, Nov.13, 2014 (Frank Vignola and Fotis Mavromatakis)
2014 New data set for validating PV module performance models,2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), (Frank Vignola, Chris Deline, and Matt Muller)
2013 Solar Energy Forecasting and Resources Assessment, Elsevier Press, 2013, Evaluation of Resource Risk In Solar-Project Financing - chapters 4, and Bankable Solar-Radiation Datasets Chapters 4 & 5 (with Cathy Grover and Andrew McMahan)
2013 Providing High Quality Data to Develop and Validate PV Models, Solar 2013, American Solar Energy Society, Baltimore, MD, (2013) (with Rich Kessler, Fuding Lin, Bill Marion, and Josh Peterson)
2013 Bankable Solar-Radiation Datasets, Solar Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment(2013) Chapter 4 & 5
2012 Solar and Infrared Radiation Measurements, CRC Press, 2012 (with Joseph Michalsky and Thomas Stoffel)
2012 Building a bankable solar radiation dataset, Solar Energy (2012) (with Cathy Gover, Nick Lemon, and Andrew McMahan)
2012 Spectral Distributions of Diffuse and Global Irradiance for Clear and Cloudy Periods, Proceedings of the World Energy Forum, Denver, CO. (2012) (with Gina Blackburn)
2012 GHI Corrleations with DHI and DNI and the Effects of Cloudiness on one-minute Data, Proceedings of the World Energy Forum, Denver, CO. (2012)
2012 Building a bankable solar radiation dataset, Solar Energy, Engineering, Probability, Solar Energy, Generation, Financing, and 1 more.
2012 Spectral Distributions of Diffuse and Global Irradiance for Clear and Cloudy Periods, An LI1800 Portable Spectroradiometer is used to measure solar spectral irradiance for solar zenith angles of 53.5 degrees to 86.3 degrees during the months of January, February, and March. Data is collected showing global horizont... more abstract.
2011 Building a Bankable Solar Radiation Dataset, Proc. Solar 2011, American Solar Energy Society, Raleigh, NC, (2011) (with Cathy Grover, Nick Lemon)
2011 Characterizing the Performance of an Eppley Normal Incident Pyrheliometer, Proc. Solar 2011, American Solar Energy Society, Raleigh, NC, (2011) (with Fuding Lin)
2010 Evaluating Calibrations of Normal Incident Pyrheliometers, Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, CA, (2010) (with Fuding Lin)
2010 Energizing the Next Generation with Photovoltaics, Proc. Solar 2010, American Solar Energy Society, Phoenix, AZ, (2010) (with Stanley Miklavzina, Sam Daniels, Mike Toamina, Sadie Thorin, Igor Tyukhov, and Anton Tikhonov)
2010 Evaluation of a Prototype Solar Awning, Proc. Solar 2010, American Solar Energy Society, Phoenix, AZ, (2010) (with Peter Harlan, Rich Kessler, Ihab Elzeyadi, Bob Simonton, and Fotis Mavromatakis)
2009 Modeling of solar irradiance using satellite images and direct terrestrial measurements with PV modules, Optical Modeling and Measurements for Solar Energy Systems III, Solar Energy, Real Time, Solar radiation, Surface Area, PV cell/module, and 2 more (Igor Tyukhov and Frank Vignola)
2009 Journal's performance and publication criteria, Solar Energy, Engineering and Solar Energy
2009 Testing a Model of IR Radiative Losses, Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, CA, (2009) (with Charles N. Long, Ibrahim Reda)
2009 Measuring Degradation of Photovoltaic Module Performance in the Field, Proc. Solar 2009, American Solar Energy Society, Buffalo, NY, (2009) (with Jim Krumsick, Fotis Mavromatakis, and Robert Walwyn)
2008 Modeling of Solar Irradiance Using Satellite Images and Direct Terrestrial Measurements with PV Modules, Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, CA (2009) (with Igor Tyukhov, Michael Schakhramanyan, Dmitry Strebkov, Anton Tikhonov)
2008 Analyzing the contribution of aerosols to an observed increase in direct normal irradiance in Oregon, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D00D02, doi:10.1029/2008JD010970 (with L.D. Riihimaki, and C. N. Long)
2008 Modeling IR Radiative Loss from Eppley PSP Pyranometers Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, CA, (2008) (with Chuck Long and Ibrahim Reda)
2008 Establishing a Consistent Calibration Record for Eppley PSPs Proc. of the 37th ASES Annual Conference San Diego, CA, (2008) (with Laura Riihimaki)
2008 Performance of PV Inverters Proc. of the 37th ASES Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, (2008) (with Fotis Mavromatakis and Jim Krumsick)
2008 Combined solar PV and Earth space monitoring technology for educational and research purposes Proc. of the 37th ASES Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (2008) (with Igor Tyukhov, Michael Schakhramanyan, Dmitry. Strebkov, and Sergey Mazanov)
2008 Evaluation of Methods to Correct for IR Loss in Eppley PSP Diffuse Measurements Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, CA, (2008) (with Chuck Long and Ibrahim Reda)
2007 Analysis of satellite derived beam and global solar radiation data, Solar Energy 81, 768-772 (2007) (with Peter Harlan, Richard Perez, and Marek Kmiecik)
2007 Analyzing Surface Solar Flux Data in Oregon for Changes Due to Aerosols, Agu Fall Meeting Abstracts, The radiative impact of anthropogenic aerosol concentrations could be an important forcing to the earth's surface energy budget. That impact is uncertain, however, in large part because of a lack of aerosol measu... more abstract, Time Series, Solar radiation, Radiative Transfer, Oregon, Surface Energy, and 2 more, Dec 1, (2007)
2007 Evaluation of methods to correct for IR loss in Eppley PSP diffuse measurements, Optical Modeling and Measurements for Solar Energy Systems, Solar Energy and Relative Humidity
2007 Shading on PV Systems: Estimating the Effect Proc. of the 36th ASES Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, (2007)
2007 Discussion of PV Lab Equipment and Photovoltaic Systems for Teaching the Science of Photovoltaics Proc. of the 36th ASES Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, (2007) (with Igor Tyukhov)
2007 Completing Production of the Updated National Solar Radiation Database for the United States Proc. of the 36th ASES Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, (2007) (with S. Wilcox, M. Anderberg, R. George, W. Marion, D. Myers and D. Renne', National Renewable Energy Laboratory; N. Lott and T. Whitehurst, National Climatic Data Center; W. Beckman, University of Wisconsin; C. Gueymard, Solar Consulting Services; R. Perez, State University of New York at Albany; P. Stackhouse, National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
2007 Analysis of satellite derived beam and global solar radiation data, Engineering, Bias, Solar Energy, Standard Deviation, Pacific Northwest, and 9 more, Solar Energy (Frank Vignola and Peter Harlan) Images from the GOES 8 satellite were used along with auxiliary information such as snow cover to produce an hourly solar radiation database on a 0.1 degrees grid for the Pacific Northwest from 1998 through 2002 [Perez, R., ... more abstract]
2007 Trends in direct normal irradiance in Oregon: Comparison of surface measurements and ISCCP-derived irradiance, Geophysical Research Letters, Climatology, Multidisciplinary, Seasonality, Volcanoes, Projects, and 7 more
2006 Long-Term Variability of Global and Beam Irradiance in the Pacific Northwest Proc. of the 35th ASES Annual Conference, Denver, CO, (2006) (with Laura Riihimaki, Lohmann, L.S., and Meyer, R., Perez, R)
2006 Removing Systematic Errors from Rotating Shadowband Pyranometer Data Proc. of the 35th ASES Annual Conference, Denver, CO (2006)
2006 AEC Photovoltaic Test Facility - First Year Test Data Proc. of the 35th ASES Annual Conference, Denver, CO, (2006) (with J. Krumsick and R. Kessler)
2006 Towards Production of an Updated National Solar Radiation Data Base Proc. of the 35th ASES Annual Conference, Denver, (2006) (with Wilcox, S., Anderberg, M., George, R., Marion, W., Myers, D., Renne, D., Beckman, W., DeGaetano, A., Gueymard, C., Perez, R., Lott, N., Stackhouse, Jr., P.
2005 Progress Toward an Updated National Solar Radiation Data Base, Solar Radiation, Progress is reported on an updated National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB). Focus on this year's work was on preparing a test-year database for evaluating several solar radiation ... more abstract
2005 Trends in Direct Normal Solar Irradiance in Oregon from 1979-2003, To better understand the characteristics of the region's s olar resource, a preliminary study was undertaken of trends in direct normal irradiance from three sites around Oregon over a period of 25 years. An ove... more abstract. Data Analysis, Seasonality, Pacific Northwest, Solar radiation, Oregon, and 2 more
2005 Progress on an Updated National Solar Radiation Data Base for the United States, Solar radiation (Chris Gueymard and Frank Vignola)
2005 Converting Sunlight into Electricity Green + Solar Building Oregon, pp. 22-23, 3EStrategies and the Oregon Department of Energy, (2005)
2005 Trends in Direct Normal Solar Irradiance in Oregon from 1979-2003 Proc. Solar World Congress, International Solar Energy Society, 2005 (with L. Riihimaki)
2004 Solar Resource GIS Data Base for the Pacific Northwest using Satellite Data, Final Report, 2004, DOE DE-PS36-0036-00GO10499.(2004) (with Richard Perez)
2004 Status of High Resolution Solar Irradiance Mapping From Satellite Data, Proc. Solar 2004, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Portland, OR. (2004) (with R. Perez, M. Kmiecik, K. Moore, S. Wilcox, R. George, D. Renne, P. Ineichen)
2004 Update of Algorithm to Correct Direct Normal Irradiance Measurements Made with a Rotating Shadow Band Pyranometer, Proc. Solar 2004, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Portland, OR. (2004) (with J. Augustyn, T. Geer, T. Stoffel, R. Kessler, E. Kern, R. Little, B. Boyson)
2004 Using Sun Path Charts to Estimate the Effect of Shading on PV Arrays, Proc. Solar 2004, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Portland, OR. (2004)
2004 A Lesson in Green, Solar Today, March/April 2004, (with G. Z. Brown, L. R. Kahle, & E. J. Wright)
2003 Beam Tilted Correlations, Proc. Solar 2003, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Austin, TX. (2003)
2002 A New Operational Satellite-to-Irradiance Model Description and Validation, Proc. Solar 2002, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Reno, NV. (2002) (with Perez R., P. Ineichen, K. Moore, M. Kmiecik, C. Chain, R. George)
2002 Improving the Accuracy of Low Cost Measurement of Direct Normal Solar Irradiance, Proc. Solar 2002, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Reno, NV. (2002) (with J. Augustyn, T. Geer, T. Stoffel, R. Kessler, E. Kern, R. Little)
2001 Solar Resource Assessment A Review. Solar Energy-The State of the Art, Chapter 10 (pp. 497-575) James & James, London (2001) (with Perez, R., R. Aguiar, M. Collares-Pereira, D. Dumortier, V. Estrada-Cajigal, C. Gueymard, P. Ineichen, P. Littlefair, H. Lund, J. Michalsky, J. A. Olseth, D. Renne, M. Rymes, A. Skartveit, A. Zelenka)
2001 Variability of Solar Radiation over Short Time Intervals, Proc. Solar 2001, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Washington, D.C. (2001)
2000 China's Dust Affects Solar Resource in U.S.: A Case Study, Proceedings of the 2000 Annual Conference American Solar Energy Society, pp 383-389 (2000) (with Christian. A. Gueymard, Nels. S. Laulainen, and Joseph. K. Vaughan)
1999 Solar Cell Based Pyranometers: Evaluation of Diffuse Responsivity, Proceedings of the 1999 Annual Conference American Solar Energy Society, 260, June 1999.
1998 Determination of atmospheric turbidity from the diffuse-beam broadband irradiance ratio, Solar Energy 63, 135-146 (1998). (with Christian. A. Gueymard)
1998 Responsivity of an Eppley NIP as a Function of Time and Temperature, Proceedings of the 1998 Annual Conference American Solar Energy Society, 517-522, 14 Jun 1998 (with Ibrahim Reda)
1997 Atmospheric Turbidity Determination from Irradiance Ratios, Proceedings of the 1997 Annual Conference of the American Solar Energy Society, Washington, D.C., pp. 275-280, April, 1997. (with Christian. A. Gueymard.)
1997 Testing of the METSTAT Model, Proceedings of the 1997 Annual Conference of the American Solar Energy Society, Washington, D.C., pp. 287-292, April 1997.
1993 Value of Long-term Solar Radiation Data, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, Washington, D. C., April 1993. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1992 Economics of Solar Energy Technologies, White Paper published by the American Solar Energy Society, December 1992. (Co-edited with R. Larson and R. West.)
1991 Direct Normal Beam Frequency Distribution, Proceeding of the Eleventh Biennial Congress of the International Solar Energy Society, Denver, Colorado, August 1991. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1989 Direct Radiation: Ratio Between Horizontal and Tilted Surfaces, Solar Energy 43, 183, (1989). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1989 Solar Cell Arrays: Degradation Due to Dirt, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, p. 234, Denver, Colorado, June 1989. (with C. P. Ryan and D. K. McDaniels.)
1988 Direct Beam Radiation: Projection on Tilted Surfaces, Solar Energy 40, 237 (1988). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1988 Direct Radiation: Ratio Between Horizontal and Tilted Surfaces, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, p. 3, Boston, Massachusetts, June 1988. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1987 Diffuse Radiation: Calculation from Hourly Global and Normal Beam Radiation, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, p. 394, Portland, Oregon, June 1987. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1986 Beam-Global Correlations in the Pacific Northwest, Solar Energy 36, 409 (1986). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1985 Effects of El Chichon on Global Correlations, Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Congress of the International Solar Energy Society, Montreal, Canada, p. 2434, June 1985. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1984 Transformation of Direct Solar Radiation to Tilted Surfaces, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, Anaheim, California, p. 651, June 1984. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1984 Impact of Volcanic Material from El Chichon on Direct Radiation in the Pacific Northwest, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, Anaheim, California, p. 627, June 1984. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1984 Diffuse-Global Correlations: Seasonal Variations, Solar Energy, 33, 397 (1984). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1984 Correlations Between Diffuse and Global Insolation for the Pacific Northwest, Solar Energy, 32, 161 (1984). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1984 Solar Resources and Direct Applications, Published in the Lake County Renewable Energy Plan, 1984. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1984 Correlations between diffuse and global insolation for the Pacific Northwest, Solar Energy, ABSTRACT Correlations between diffuse and global insolation averaged over 1, 5, 10, 15, and 30 days are presented for six locations in Oregon and Idaho. Data collected over a 2-to 4-yr period was used to obtain the co... more abstract, Engineering and Solar Energy, 1984. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1983 Solar Resources, published in the Harney County Renewable Energy Plan, pp. 173-239, January 1983. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1980 Pacific Northwest Solar Radiation Data, published by the UO Solar Monitoring Laboratory, 1980-1998. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
1978 Solar Electricity, published in the Oregon Solar Planning Study, pp. 114-116 (1978). (with D. K. McDaniels and H. D. Kaehn.)
1978 Experimental Evaluation of the Reflector-Collector System, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, Vol. 1, 654 (1978). (with H.D. Kaehn, M. Geyer, D. Fong, and D. K. McDaniels.)
1978 Diffuse Radiation Contribution to the Useful Heat Output of a Reflector-Collector System, Proceedings of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, Vol. 1, 198 (1978). (with D. K. McDaniels, H.D. Kaehn, and M.S. Baker.)
1975 Predictions for Pion-Nucleon Bremsstrahlung, Cross Section

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