By Gary Thomas
Valentin Software has introduced PV*SOL basic 6.0, a new planning program for effectively designing photovoltaic (PV) plants.
Screenshot PV*SOL basic 6.0
The new tool features a modern interface that allows planners to quickly design, simulate and present PV systems. It allows users to dimension inverters for planning PV systems in residential areas. The tool incorporates features and menus that are designed to suit the present requirements of the industry.
PV*SOL basic 6.0 program contains a comprehensive module, inverter and climate data. It includes a database with more than 2,300 inverters and 11,000 modules. It has an automatic update function that updates the database automatically. Manufacturers of inverters and modules update their component data online. This data is checked by Valentin Software and made available to the program’s users.
The PV*SOL provides current climate data obtained from the German Weather Service. The MeteoSyn tool’s climate database with over 8,000 global locations is offered along with the program.
The PV*SOLbasic 6.0 program has a regional settings feature that allows users to specify settings based on country for the maximum system voltage, unbalanced load and the tariff model. The program can calculate the required number of modules using digital photos of a house photo-realistically or with freely-configurable roof forms graphically.
The program helps identify numerous potential connection configurations. It can adjust the sizing factor individually and configure the inverter connections automatically. The cable lengths as well as the cross sections for DC and AC cables and the string can be specified.
The project report provides a summary report with financial analysis, simulation results, and presentation of the system design and results in graphics.