Dynamic simulation program with 3D visualization and detailed shading analysis of roof-integrated or mounted grid-connected photovoltaic systems.
The new PV*SOL Expert 6.0 with cable plan, using of customized textures in 3D and SolarEdge Power Optimizers
PV*SOL Expert now offers you for the first time a visualization of a cable plan with a range of views and idealized presentation of module connection cables, string cables and DC trunk cables as well as bundles, T-plugs, generator terminal boxes, coupling boxes and cable grommets. Do you want to make your 3D objects more individual? Then you have now the possibility to import custom textures. Other interesting new features are:
The possibility of a yield simulation for photovoltaic systems with SolarEdge Power Optimizers. Generate your own climate data records based on monthly averages. The proxy settings are now adopted from the internet settings of the Windows control panel. Password protected proxies can now be used in PV*SOL Expert 6.0. Multiple copying of 3D objects and copying of a 3D object to other surfaces is possible.
A real-world representation of the shading from surrounding objects is extremely important for precisely calculating yields. You’re therefore looking for a program which takes shading into account as analytically as possible? PV*SOL® Expert does just that! You can visualize all roof-integrated or mounted systems - even on the ground - with up to 2,000 modules in 3D and calculate shading on the basis of 3D objects.
The user-friendly 3D menu navigation is divided into the five sections of terrain view, building view, module coverage, module mounting and module configuration. Simply select possible shading objects and position them on the terrain or the building. PV*SOL® Expert then calculates how often on average the modules are shadowed by the objects and displays the result in graphical form.
Your benefit: the visualization in 3D mode provides you with detailed information on shadows cast at various times of the day and year and consequently on likely reductions in yield.
Processor: 2,5 GHz Pentium PC
Memory: 2 GB
Hard Disk Drive: 700 MB
Monitor Resolution: at least 1.024 x 768 pixel
Operating System: Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7
Graphics: 3D, DirectX- compatible (at least Vers. 9.0c), 256 MB, OpenGL – Support
Other: Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 (Service Pack 1)
Modeling of PV Area and Vicinity – The Terrain View
PV*SOL® Expert leads you in a few easy steps to your target. First, you select one or more PV array buildings from a collection of common building types and sizes as required. Dormers, bay windows, walls, saw tooth roofs, and projecting roofs can also be covered with PV modules. It is possible to model the available roof area with millimeter precision by entering measurements for the roof overhang and restricted areas. You then simply enter the objects that could cause shade – buildings, trees walls, masts, etc. – and size them. Objects in the distance can be taken account of as a horizon line.
Restricted Areas and Shading Objects on the Roof – The Building View
When the dimensioning of the PV array building is complete, in the next step you can position and scale restricted areas and other shading objects on the roof, such as windows, chimneys, dormers, fire walls, satellite dishes, etc.
The coverage of roof area with the maximum possible number of modules is carried out automatically or manually by selecting the coverable areas. Where required, PV*SOL® Expert can promptly display the annual reduction in irradiation (direct and diffuse radiation) for every point on the PV area and every module. In this way, you can make a more informed decision as to whether a module is viable or not at this position.
Optimizing Module Configuration
The modules selected by the user are then configured together with the inverters. The program automatically configures the individual strings, but the user is able to optimize the allocation depending on the shading situation.
PV*SOL® Expert offers an excellent side menu with a tree structure showing inverter configuration and associated functions. By clicking on an element in the structure, the selected part of the system configuration is highlighted and the camera zooms in on it. The side menu can be hidden as required.
A wide range of animation tools are available to the user when working with the software, so that each shade scenario can be visualized at any point in time
A yield simulation is now available in PV*SOL® Expert’s technical dialog, taking into account the influence of bypass diodes and the partial hourly shading of each module.
Yield simulation takes account of the precise shading ratio for each module
Easy to use configuration of modules with inverters
Automatic and manual PV module roof coverage, taking account of restricted areas
Animated visualization of the course of shade for any point in time
Visualization of the annual direct irradiation reduction for each point of the PV area
Mounted systems can be planned in 3D mode - even on the ground
Adaptation of the system to the roof architecture
Optimization of row distances and installation angle
Configuration across rows
Joint configuration of multiple PV areas
Manual configuration in 3D visualization
Optimization of PV module coverage and configuration corresponding to the shading situation
Multiple buildings and dormers can be covered with PV modules
Saw tooth roofs can be visualized and covered with PV modules
Reactive power supply
Photo Dimensioning with Photo Plan
The integrated photo dimensioning program Photo Plan is a visualization tool to quickly and easily create your customer’s roof. With a photo and a reference dimension, the roof and the planned PV system can be presented photorealistically. The program can also determine all essential roof dimensions. You only need a few minutes to create your customer’s roof with its very own PV system, according to your customer’s wishes. Photo Plan is therefore a great tool to help home owners make the right decision!
In the extensive module and inverter databases, you will currently find data for around 7,600 modules and 1,700 inverters which are continuously updated and extended by the automatic update function. The data are updated online by the module and inverter manufacturers. We then check the data and make it available to you at regular intervals, ensuring that you are always up to date.
The integrated MeteoSyn tool provides you with climate data records from 8,000 weather stations around the world and can interpolate climate data for any location from them.
Economic Efficiency Calculation
You can enter detailed costs for the modules, inverters, or mounting in PV*SOL® Expert. Loans, discounts, depreciation, and tax payments, as well as the month that the system goes into operation, are all taken account of. Various feed-in tariffs and bands for systems on roofs, building facades, and ground-mounted systems can be saved and amended. PV*SOL® Expert determines not just the capital value, but also the electricity production costs and the amortization period according to VDI Guideline 2067 (VDI: Association of German Engineers).
The user can also:
Enter the annual degradation
Create a balance of costs by entering individual positions and different periods of use
Use pre-defined tariffs for Germany and Spain
Enter and save other tariffs
Print out the results with a wide range of graphics and tables
PV*SOL® Expert provides a one-page and/or detailed exportable report for your customers. The project report includes the following information:
Projected specific annual yield
PV generator efficiency
Energy and other values
Economic efficiency calculation
For a professional customer presentation, PV*SOL® Expert allows you to easily integrate individually labeled 3D screenshots from your project into the detailed project report.
VALENTIN SOFTWARE PV*SOL® Expert 6.0PV design & simulation software for residential, commercial and utility-scale systems (grid-connected and off-grid). Includes 3D Visualization and Shade Analysis (for flush roof mounted and roof-integrated grid-connected systems - even on the ground) and PhotoPlan.