EU PVSEC Programme Online
EU PVSEC 2020, 7 - 11 September 2020

Ms. Sandy Rodrigues

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, (HI-ERN) Helmholtz Institut Erlangen Nürnberg, Jülich, Germany

Sandy Rodrigues is currently working in Forschungszentrum Jülich at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg (HI ERN) as a research assistant and is waiting to defend her PhD thesis in Electrical Engineering from the University of Portugal. Her current research at HI ERN involves the use of machine learning models to predict PV module I-V curves by using PV module electroluminescence images as the inputs. The machine learning techniques that she is familiar with include the decision trees, random forests, artificial neural networks, deep learning neural networks, genetic programming, gaussian process, and support vector machines. Her PhD thesis is about implementing machine learning methodologies that improve PV energy prediction and forecasting models used to detect PV system faults and forecast PV energy production. The machine learning methodologies are the data mining, benchmarking, hybrid and ensemble.
Prior to starting her PhD journey, she worked during one year on a Research Scholarship Project called “Smart Solar” at M-ITI (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute in Madeira Island Portugal) in which an Artificial Neural network PV Monitoring System was implemented to analyse the performance of the solar energy output of roof-top PV systems. During this time, she was also involved in PV system installation economic feasibility studies where various feed-in tariff schemes from various countries around the world were studied.
Prior to starting her academic journey she worked five years as an Electrical Engineer in a PV system installation company called SICAPREP in Madeira Island Portugal, where she elaborated small and commercial scale PV system investment plans and managed PV system installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance procedures.
Sandy Rodrigues holds a master´s degree in Telecommunication Engineering and a bachelor´s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madeira in Portugal.