David P. Larson

I am a PhD candidate in MAE at UC San Diego. My advisor is Carlos Coimbra and I work in the Coimbra Research Group on developing forecasting models for solar power plants.

I have a MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Merced. During my time at UC Merced, I participated in the UC LEADS and Cal NERDS summer research programs. In 2018 I became a member of the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

Outside of research, I helped develop (and teach) ENG 10, as well as regularly presenting technical workshops in collaboration with the IDEA Student Center. During summer 2018 I worked as an intern at EPRI in their Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) division.

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I am interested in machine learning, convex optimization and renewable energy systems. My current work focuses on developing forecast models to accurately predict power output of solar power plants.

Direct Power Output Forecasts from Remote Sensing Image Processing
D.P. Larson and C.F.M. Coimbra
Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, 2018
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We develop a methodology for directly forecasting power output of PV plants from satellite imagery, for horizons of 1-6h ahead. Experiments validate the performance of the methodology with both current and next-generation satellite imagery from the GOES and Himawari-8 geosynchronous satellites.
Day-Ahead Forecasting of Solar Power Output from Photovoltaic Plants in the American Southwest
D.P. Larson, L. Nonnenmacher and C.F.M. Coimbra
Renewable Energy, 2016
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We present a forecast methodology for producing day-ahead (24-36h) power output predictions of photovoltaic (PV) plants. Four years of power data from two, 1 MWp PV plants is used to evaluate our methodology.


Battery Energy Storage in Florida: Value, Challenges, and Opportunities
Rick Ferrera, Taylor Marvin, David Larson, Travis Lindsay, Daniel Falk

This report analyzes the potential value of battery energy storage in Florida’s electric power sector. Key conclusions are that “behind the meter” batteries located on the premises of electricity consumers can be profitable table today under certain conditions, and that momentum toward deployment of “front of the meter” batteries on the Florida grid has grown over the last year.


I currently teach ENG 10: Fundamentals of Engineering Applications, a hands-on course that provides students with an introduction to engineering mathematics and design. From Fall 2013 to Spring 2016, I was a TA for a freshmen engineering seminar (ENG 1-3: Orientation to Engineering I-III).

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