For the input of object data, 3D models in different file formats can now be imported into PV*SOL premium 2018 via its new interface. This makes it possible to import realistic and detailed 3D objects created with photos taken from different perspectives like using a drone. This will add another tool to the already existing possibility of importing floor plans, cadastral maps, and screenshots from web-based satellite maps like Google Earth directly into the 3D visualization and integrating them to scale into a project. Flexibility has been increased with regard to the subsequent configuration of the modules, which are automatically placed on an object. The new possibility of polystring configuration allows completely different strings to be connected parallel or in series to an MPP tracker. This is required, for example, to connect an east-west roof parallel to one MPP tracker. Even different modules in a string can now be interconnected; for example, defective modules which are no longer available and have been replaced by similar, new ones. Modules with different orientations can now also be connected in one string via the integration of power optimizers. These new functionalities increase the flexibility of the design process and allow more detailed configuration and simulation of the PV system. 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 an electric vehicle.
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