The field of research covers issues where a better knowledge and characterization of the solar resource may influence the performance
of solar energy applications (i.e., technical feasibility, technological design, socio-economics). Currently, two parallel tracks are pursued:
Solar resource characterization using remote sensing by satellites
Several of the models developed at ASRC are incorporated into well known solar energy/building system simulation programs (e.g., PVFORM,
DOE-2) and national data sets (e.g., USDOE's TMY-2 data, ASHRAE's WYEC-2 data).
Electrical peak demand mitigation using photovoltaics
Solar energy can be converted into electricity using several technologies: the two leading technologies include photovoltaics and solar thermal.
Because of its modularity the former is well suited for dispersed production (e.g., using available roofs), while the second is more appropriately
suited for centralized production in sunny climates.