The design and simulation software for photovoltaic systems

PV*SOL premium is a dynamic simulation program with 3D visualization and detailed shading analysis for the calculation of photovoltaic systems in combination with appliances, battery systems and electric vehicles.
 
 

PV*SOL® premium

 

With PV*SOL premium, the industry standard for photovoltaic design programs, you can design and simulate all types of modern PV systems. From the small rooftop system with a few modules to medium-sized systems on commercial roofs to large solar parks - PV*SOL premium supports you with numerous tools for design and simulation.

The unique 3D visualization is the highlight of PV*SOL premium. You can visualize all common types of systems in 3D, whether roof-integrated or roof-mounted, whether on small angled roofs, large industrial halls or open spaces - with up to 7,500 mounted modules or up to 10,000 roof-parallel modules, and calculate the shading based on 3D objects. This enables you to achieve the highest reliability for your earnings forecast - because for an accurate income calculation, a realistic representation of the shading from surrounding objects is essential.

All other design types from PV*SOL are of course also available to you in PV*SOL premium. Choose the type of design that best suits you and your PV project! The detailed results provide information about the performance of your system at all times.

Whether calculating self-consumption, designing battery storage or integrating electric vehicles - with PV*SOL you can implement and present all customer wishes in no time at all.

You can use our extensive product database at any time. It currently includes over 20,000 PV modules, 4,700 inverters, 1,400 battery systems and many other products such as electric vehicles and performance optimizers.

It is updated regularly by the product manufacturers themselves, so that you can always work with the latest data.

You can generate high-quality project reports for your customers that can be configured and edited as required. Circuit diagrams with the necessary safety devices can also be created, e.g. for submission to the relevant authorities.

The current feed-in tariffs are already available in our database for the calculation of economic efficiency. Supplemented with the information on the system costs, you will receive a detailed and meaningful economic analysis of the system over 20 years. In a few minutes you will receive an initial offer that you can refine afterwards if the customer is interested.

Our technical support team and our online help support you with open questions, and in our forum you can put more complex questions to our team and other users of PV*SOL premium and quickly receive an answer.

Would you like to try out whether PV*SOL premium fits your design process? Download the free trial version now and get an impression of the program functionalities!

 

Product highlights

More program details

Import of 3D models

3D models of different file formats can be imported to enter object data. This adds another important tool to the existing option of reading floor plans, cadastral maps and screenshots from web-based satellite maps (e.g. Google Earth) directly into the 3D visualization.

Module assignment in 3D view

The roof areas are covered with the maximum possible number of modules automatically, or manually by tracing the areas to be covered by PV. If required, PV*SOL premium can show you the annual radiation reduction (direct and diffuse radiation) for every point of the PV area and for each module.

Polymorphic interconnection in combination with optimizers

Flexibility has been significantly increased when interconnecting the modules that are automatically placed on an object. The new option of polystring interconnection means that completely different strings can be connected in parallel or in series to an MPP tracker. Even different modules in one string, e.g. defective modules that are no longer available, can be replaced with similar ones.

Optimization of the module interconnection

You decide whether you want to connect several module areas to one inverter or choose a separate inverter for each module area, or combine both. The current status of the system check for the complete interconnection, the individual inverters and the MPP tracker is displayed at any time in the interconnection window.

 
Current online databases

In our extensive product databases you can currently find data records of over 19,500 PV modules, 4,700 inverters, 1,400 battery systems and many other products such as electric vehicles and performance optimizers, which are updated by the respective manufacturers. With our online databases, you can easily make your own products available to others.

Detailed project report

Create comprehensive project reports with simulation results and technical details in 20 languages and export them as Word or PDF documents. For a professional appearance, you can add your company logo to the title page and specify which content should be shown in the report.

Grid-connected systems with battery storage

Degign your own battery storage system by selecting the batteries used and defining the battery inverter and charging strategy. Alternatively, you can charge battery systems from leading manufacturers.

Electric vehicles

Select one or more electric vehicles that are simulated in combination with the photovoltaic system. By entering the daily mileage and the downtimes, PV*SOL calculates how much PV energy can be used to charge the electric vehicles.

 
Summary of results

The detailed results overview contains representations of the simulation results, the results of cost-effectiveness and a detailed tabular energy balance with all the gains and losses that occur. Carpetplots immediately provide you with an annual overview of individual results.

Circuit diagram

PV*SOL supports your system design with a freely configurable circuit diagram. Both the string cable losses and the AC and DC cable losses per inverter can be determined. Numerous safety devices such as fuses, switch disconnectors and surge protection can be easily added.

Other features

Choose which models you want to use for diffuse radiation and radiation on the inclined surface. The U-I and U-P characteristics for each time step can be produced when required. Exchange your user ID to share self-created products within your company.

Licensing and pricing

 

System requirements and release notes

System requirements

PV*SOL premium 2020
  • Currently PV*SOL requires Microsoft Windows as the operating system with the latest service packs. At least Windows 7 is required.
  • A DirectX compatible graphics card is required.
  • PV*SOL requires resources such as processor time, RAM and hard disk space to store temporary files. Depending on the size of the project, these requirements vary and are difficult to quantify.
  • An internet connection is required.

Most modern computers in recent years meet these requirements. You can download our free trial version and test whether PV*SOL can be run on your computer!

Release Notes

June 8th, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 8

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Selection whether to work with offline databases.
  • Cable lengths and cross sections can be adopted for all MPP trackers.
  • Carpet-Plot: For displays in the negative range (with 0 as the highest value) the color gradient is reversed.
  • Updated SolarEdge sizing rules.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Improved access to the online databases.
  • Crash when reading horizon files with double azimuth values.
  • Characteristic curve of half-cell modules with three shaded strings corrected.
  • Template of the presentation report is now adapted for 3-column tables.
  • Memory leaks removed.
  • When copying load profiles, the annual consumption is preserved.
April 21st, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 7

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • In some cases the edit fields could not be filled in or the changes were displayed with a time delay.

Please also note the new features and changes in release 6.

April 15th, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 6

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Half-cell modules are now correctly be simulated.
  • Salt water batteries can now also be simulated.
  • When display settings of the screen are set larger than 100% for text, the High DPI display settings of the program are now automatically set.
  • Change of the reference of the inverter efficiency from DC to AC.
  • Improvement of the diffuse model in 1h resolution.
  • Improved shading calculation in the 3D visualization.
  • Bifacial model for 3D elevations type 1 (standard) and type 3 (facade) unified.
  • Import of old slg load profiles is now possible.
  • Capacity of electric vehicles is now displayed in usable battery energy diagram.
  • Validation of entries when creating tariffs.
  • The use of minute values is now recommended for battery systems and off-grid system types.
  • Regional settings for Brazil extended (grid voltage 127 V, investment costs to 8000R$/kWp).
  • New offline database from 25.03.2020.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Battery systems were displayed on the wrong MPP tracker when polystring configuration was used.
  • The interface of the window Cable has been improved when using small screens.
  • In some cases no automatic configuration suggestion was found when using inverters that have 4 or more MPP trackers.
  • Error in the calculation of the eastern diffuse shading degrees in the 3D visualization.
  • Error in the configuration check of 3D if modules were exchanged.
  • When creating own module data records, the PV module's low light parameters are only validated if standard low light behavior is not selected.
  • Validation of the name of the database products: Check whether the name starts with a blank character.
  • Crash when loading projects with invalid number of bifacial modules.
  • Fixed calculation of float charge power of battery systems.
  • Diagram of the characteristic curves: Number of shaded strings was displayed incorrectly.
  • Protection against saving the project in non-SI units.
  • 3D via remote desktop: Immediate program exit removed if z-buffer was not sufficient (possible improvement for remote desktop connections).
  • Added missing translations.
  • Corrections for project report language Chinese.
February 25th, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 5

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Revised offline database.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • In some cases, the inverter selection via drop-down menu was not possible for manual configuration (Cloud icon).
February 24th, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 4

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Selection of different system inverters if module areas are configured together.
  • If file DbUserIds.ini cannot be written, the program starts in database offline mode.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Number of suitable inverters was displayed incorrectly.
  • Crash in project comparison.
  • Error when adopting the 3D planning to PV*SOL.
  • In the inverter selection, the "Suitable/Unsuitable" symbols did not have tool tips.
  • In some cases, the inverter selection for automatic interconnection did not work.
  • Crash when accessing an empty list in GetDbEntriesService.
February 5th, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 3

The following new features and changes are included:

  • The selection of the symbols in the circuit diagram can be saved as standard.
  • When importing 3D models, mesh reduction is now set by default.
  • SolarEdge Power Optimizers are selected as the default.
  • Help dialogs for program extensions have been improved.
  • After installation and each time the program starts, it checks for all necessary files.
  • Minor modifications to the program interfaces and translations.
  • Improved search in the company database.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Partially the circuit diagram could not be created.
  • Crash when displaying the circuit diagram or parts list.
  • Crash when exporting plans with special characters.
  • Partial error when writing database relevant user IDs.
  • Crash of the database dialog.
  • Quick selection of products
    • Missing note when creating a newer version of a data set.
    • Product selection incomplete if "Select from Favorites only" is active.
  • Version number was also increased if only the manufacturer view was opened or closed.
  • Version number was also increased if only the battery system view was opened or closed.
  • Revision of the validation of inverter data records.
  • Problem when importing older database files (*sdf).
  • Project comparison
    • Display invalid results.
    • Grid feed in the first year incl. module degradation was not displayed correctly.
  • Protection against incorrect API requests.
  • When copying load profiles the originally selected program language was not retained.
  • Load profiles from day profiles could be edited in the read-only view.
  • 3D horizon was not displayed in the presentation after loading a project.
  • Partially problems with interconnection if the number of modules per string was entered manually.
  • Crash when using DC-coupled battery systems and replacing the inverter with previously two MPP trackers by an inverter with one MPP tracker.
  • Crash when loading 3D projects whose interconnections contained strings with and without power optimizers.
January 22nd, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 2

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • Crash when starting the program if text size was scaled in the Windows display settings.
January 22nd, 2020PV*SOL premium 2020 Release 1

The following new features and changes are included:

  • Online databases
  • Revised consumption dialog
    • The different consumer types are now available in one dialog window.
    • Unified design and functionality across the different consumer types.
    • Import of UK load profiles is now also possible (files with 24 values per line, 365 lines).
  • Project comparison
    • Up to 5 project files can now be compared with each other in a clearly arranged table.
    • Table values can be copied to the clipboard and pasted into Excel etc.
  • Parts list (bill of materials)
    • Products used in the project (PV modules, inverters, cables, safety equipment, etc.) are automatically listed in a parts list.
    • Users can add their own articles.
    • Articles can be provided with article numbers, which are stored in the program for later use.
    • Export function in *csv format.
    • Optional output in the presentation.
  • Simulation
    • Combination of thin-film PV modules and non-substring-based, module-integrated power optimizers is now possible.
  • Russian as an additional language for the presentation report.
 

Contact

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