The latest version of the design software PV*SOL premium 2018 makes the design of photovoltaic systems even easier and more efficient. For the input of object data, 3D models in different file formats can now be imported into the software via a new interface. This makes it possible to import realistic and detailed 3D objects created with photos taken from different perspectives. This adds another tool to the current platform which allows the importing of floor plans, cadastral maps, and screenshots from web-based satellite maps directly into the 3D visualization, and thus integrating them to scale into a project. Flexibility has been increased with the subsequent configuration of the modules, which are automatically placed on an object. The new polystring configuration allows completely different strings to be connected in parallel or series to an MPP tracker. This is required to connect an east-west roof parallel to one MPP tracker. Even different modules in a string can now be interconnected. Modules with different orientations can now also be connected in one string via the integration of power optimizers. Other useful additions for the optimization of a system are the output of the I-V characteristics for each time step of the simulation, as well as an energy flow diagram representing the overall system including the battery system, consumers, and also an electric vehicle. PV*SOL is a valuable tool for sizing a PV system correctly, as well as for determining profitability. A dimensioning aid for sizing the battery storage carries out the calculation of the battery for the user, thus facilitating project design. Both PV*SOL and PV*SOL premium are available in German, English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.
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