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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

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)
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)
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)
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 Testing a Model of IR Radiative Losses, Proc. SPIE Conference, San Diego, CA, (2009) (with Charles N. Long, Ibrahim Reda)
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)
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 “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)
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)
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 Long-Term Variability of Global and Beam Irradiance in the Pacific Northwest Proc. of the 36th ASES Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, (2007) (with Laura Riihimaki, Lohmann, L.S., and Meyer, R., Perez, R)
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 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)
2006 Removing Systematic Errors from Rotating Shadowband Pyranometer Data Proc. of the 35th ASES Annual Conference, Denver, CO (2006)
13. AEC Photovoltaic Test Facility - First Year Test Data Proc. of the 35th ASES Annual Conference, Denver, CO, (2006) (with J. Krumsick and R. Kessler)
14. 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., Renné, D., Beckman, W., DeGaetano, A., Gueymard, C., Perez, R., Lott, N., Stackhouse, Jr., P.
15. Converting Sunlight into Electricity Green + Solar Building Oregon, pp. 22-23, 3EStrategies and the Oregon Department of Energy, (2005)
16. Trends in Direct Normal Solar Irradiance in Oregon from 1979-2003 Proc. Solar World Congress, International Solar Energy Society, 2005 (with L. Riihimaki)
17. Solar Resource GIS Data Base for the Pacific Northwest using Satellite Data, Final Report, 2004, DOE DE-PS36-0036-00GO10499.(2004) (with Richard Perez)
18. 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. Renné, P. Ineichen)
19. 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)
20. Using Sun Path Charts to Estimate the Effect of Shading on PV Arrays, Proc. Solar 2004, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Portland, OR. (2004)
21. A Lesson in Green, Solar Today, March/April 2004, (with G. Z. Brown, L. R. Kahle, & E. J. Wright)
22. Beam – Tilted Correlations, Proc. Solar 2003, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Austin, TX. (2003)
23. A New Operational Satellite-to-Irradiance Model, Solar Energy 73, 5, pp. 307-317. (2002) (with Perez R., P. Ineichen, K. Moore, M. Kmiecik, C. Chain, R. George)
24. How BPA/WSun School PV Effort Worked at Elmira High School, Proc. Solar 2002, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Reno, NV. (2002) (with J. Savage)
25. 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)
26. 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)
27. (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. Renné, M. Rymes, A. Skartveit, A. Zelenka)
28. Variability of Solar Radiation over Short Time Intervals, Proc. Solar 2001, American Solar Energy Society Conf., Washington, D.C. (2001)
29. 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)
30. Solar Cell Based Pyranometers: Evaluation of Diffuse Responsivity, Proceedings of the 1999 Annual Conference American Solar Energy Society, 260, June 1999.
31. Determination of atmospheric turbidity from the diffuse-beam broadband irradiance ratio, Solar Energy 63, 135-146 (1998). (with Christian. A. Gueymard)
32. 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)
33. 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.)
34. 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.
35. 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.)
36. Economics of Solar Energy Technologies, White Paper published by the American Solar Energy Society, December 1992. (Co-edited with R. Larson and R. West.)
37. 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.)
38. Direct Radiation: Ratio Between Horizontal and Tilted Surfaces, Solar Energy 43, 183, (1989). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
39. 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.)
40. Direct Beam Radiation: Projection on Tilted Surfaces, Solar Energy 40, 237 (1988). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
41. 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.)
42. 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.)
43. Beam-Global Correlations in the Pacific Northwest, Solar Energy 36, 409 (1986). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
44. Effects of El Chichón 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.)
45. 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.)
46. Impact of Volcanic Material from El Chichón 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.)
47. Diffuse-Global Correlations: Seasonal Variations, Solar Energy, 33, 397 (1984). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
48. Correlations Between Diffuse and Global Insolation for the Pacific Northwest, Solar Energy, 32, 161 (1984). (with D. K. McDaniels.)
49. Solar Resources and Direct Applications, Published in the Lake County Renewable Energy Plan, 1984. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
50. Solar Resources, published in the Harney County Renewable Energy Plan, pp. 173-239, January 1983. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
51. Pacific Northwest Solar Radiation Data, published by the UO Solar Monitoring Laboratory, 1980-1998. (with D. K. McDaniels.)
52. Solar Electricity, published in the Oregon Solar Planning Study, pp. 114-116 (1978). (with D. K. McDaniels and H. D. Kaehn.)
53. 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.)
54. 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.)

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