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PV*SOL The future is here

Simulation programs from Valentin Software

PV*SOL Feature Overview

Feature Grid Connected Systems O-Grid Systems Automatic and Manual Inverter Conguration Maximum System Size Multiple Roof Areas Climate Database Own Climate Data Generation with MeteoSyn Component Databases with Automatic Internet Update PV Modules Grid Connected Inverters 2D Roof Visualization 3D Visualization Photorealistic Presentation of the Customers Roof Percentage of Shading Horizon Shading 3D Shading Analysis Simulation Comparison Results Presentation 8 000 X

* X as Set Version X 6 x 65 000 Modules X 8 000 X X > 10 000 > 2 100 X X > 10 000 > 2 100 X X as Set Version X 6 x 65 000 Modules X 8 000 X X > 10 000 > 2 100 X X X

X 1 000 Modules



Extensive Report

Detailed Project Documentation Detailed Financial Analysis Net Metering Languages (all programs)
*PV*SOL basic is available as of summer 2012

X X Extensive Report Extensive Report 3D Screenshots in Color X X

X X X X X X English | French | German | Italian | Spanish

Find the right system for each customer

Solar energy is inexhaustible, environmentally friendly and free. As a planner, architect, installer or skilled technician, you dont need to be a clairvoyant to forecast a growing interest in photovoltaic systems. It becomes more dicult when you need to answer the question which system is the right one for businesses and private households? In this case its a good idea to take a look into the future. Simulation is the magic word.
Valentin Software - the company - Development of planning and simulation software for photovoltaic, solar thermal and heat pump systems - Founded in 1988 by Dr. Gerhard Valentin

Valentin Software develops intelligent software solutions for the planning, design, dynamic simulation and yield calculation of energy supply in buildings. Our services

- Sales in more than 80 countries worldwide - Since 2009, branch oce in the USA (California)

include professional software for photovoltaics, solar thermal, heat pumps and energy consulting. So that you can take advantage the many options that our programs oer, we are pleased to support you with a comprehensive choice of training opportunities. You can select from in-person training, webinars and video tutorials.

Optimize your business activities and ensure that your customers requirements are met with customized, protable systems. Our low-cost service packages are guaranteed to deliver the latest version of your software.

PV*SOL Three solutions one mission

Our simulation programs for photovoltaic systems are practical and user-friendly specialized tools that have much in common.

PV*SOL basic is specically for the design and simulation of grid connected
The climte data generator MeteoSyn gives you access to climate data records from 8 000 weather stations worldwide.

systems. PV*SOL basic, PV*SOL Pro gridcon and PV*SOL Expert are for grid connected systems with full feed-in or net metering systems. In addition, PV*SOL Expert provides you with an impressive 3D tool for the visualization and detailed shade analysis of roof or ground mounted grid connected systems.

With the climate data generator MeteoSyn you have access to almost every climate data record you require from a selection of 8 000 weather stations worldwide. You can choose conveniently from an interactive map, or alternatively from a list. You can also generate new climate data from existing data through interpolation (with the Pro and Expert versions). In the component database you will nd over 10 000 modules from over 250 manufacturers, as well as around 2 100 inverters from approx. 70 manufacturers. The data is entered by the manufacturers themselves, and we check that it is plausible and current. The automatic update function ensures that you are always up to date.

Transport your customers up to the rooftop

An important feature of our programs is the graphical calculation of the number of modules on the roof. This makes it possible to: - Congure any roof shape with any number of coordinates - Divide the roof into a number of PV areas - Visualize at-roof systems with modules that are not parallel to the roof edge In addition, should dimensioning errors occur, you can be sure that all three programs will recognize them. Furthermore, they all include the function to automatically cover any roof shape with the maximum possible number of modules, taking account of barred areas and structures on the roof. Does your customer also have a photo of the roof? With Photo Plan, the integrated photo dimensioning program, it is also possible to project the selected modules realistically onto the building. In this way you can give your customers the opportunity to look into the future and see the PV system on their roof.

Present each of your customers with their very own PV system on their roof.

Outstanding results with PV*SOL

After simulation, you receive a summary of the results in a one-page or detailed, exportable project report, a roof layout and a nancial analysis. In PV*SOL Pro and PV*SOL Expert the nancial analysis includes: - Annual degradation - Balance of costs by entering individual positions and dierent system life spans - Taris for Germany and Spain as pre-dened les - Feed-in tari models for Italy and Great Britain - The possibility to create and save further taris - A number of dierent credits - A print-out of results with a selection of graphics and tables All products, including the electronic manuals, are available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

PV*SOL Pro und PV*SOL Expert provide you with a detailed project report.

PV*SOL basic the sprinter of simulation programs

If you want to quickly and easily determine the module number for a PV array or a single roof area, PV*SOL basic is the right choice. It simulates photovoltaic systems with a maximum of 1 000 modules. automatically or manually congure up to three inverter types. The program can take into account both net metering and own use.

Cover your customers roof by entering the required number of modules

The simulation result in PV*SOL basic presents the yield forecast and own consumption in a clear graphic

Reliable planning is a high priority, even when carrying out a quick design. PV*SOL basic checks the combination of modules and inverters, as well as the cable cross-sections. You are able to

PV*SOL Pro and PV*SOL Expert have a great deal in common

If you want to optimize the yields and economic eciency of grid connected or o-grid systems, you would do well to consult PV*SOL Pro or PV*SOL Expert (in 2D mode). Both programs are able to simulate photovoltaic systems with up to 6 arrays, each with up to 65 000 modules. They also take into account European energy supply companies unbalanced load regulations, as well as all the physical parameters that inuence the calculation model or could cause losses.

In order to optimize the programs functionality, you are able to extend the databases, including entering the part load operation values for the modules.
If you want to optimize your customers syslighten your workload. In addition, PV*SOL Pro and PV*SOL Expert tems, PV*SOL Pro and PV*SOL Expert are the (in 2D mode) allow you to carry out simple shade analyses for each best choice for you.

Other databases for batteries and o-grid inverters also help to

array. Additional support is available through the import of data for the horizon with HORIcatcher (METEOTEST, Bern, Switzerland), HorizON (energiebro ag, Zrich, Switzerland) or SunEye (Solmetric, USA).

Over the next few pages you can nd out which of these two programs is best suited for your needs.

PV*SOL Pro show your competency

The planners, engineers or installers that can give reliable recommendations in respect of the economic eciency and safety of a photovoltaic system are better placed to succeed with their customers. Our dynamic simulation program PV*SOL Pro has an easy to use quick design function which calculates in seconds all of the suitable inverter congurations for a PV system with a maximum of 65 000 modules. In the main dialog you can simulate systems with up to 6 arrays of varying orientations and with dierent modules and inverters. PV*SOL Pro also oers you the possibility of carrying out a simple shade analysis for each array, taking into account the inuence of objects such as houses or trees and the horizon.

PV*SOL Pro is the right choice for you module and inverter selection, determining system size and PV array conguration.

As detailed as your customers require the nancial analysis.

Summary of features - Annual yield prognosis - Final yield - Performance ratio - System eciency

- PV array eciency - Solar fraction - Energy and other values - Financial analysis

PV*SOL Expert your tool for an analytical view

Where there is light, there is also shade. It is therefore true that the more realistically you can simulate a PV system shaded by nearby objects, the more precisely you can calculate the systems yield. With PV*SOL Expert you can work with an impressive 3D visualization tool which has a completely new function mounted systems. You can visualize all of the mounted systems in 3D on a roof with up to 2 000 modules and on the ground (300 x 300 m). And you can even calculate the shading caused by 3D objects. Aided by 3D visualization, any shape of roof can be automatically or manually covered with PV modules. Barred areas and structures such as chimneys or dormer windows are of course taken into account when determining the maximum possible number of modules. You then congure the selected modules with the inverters, and the program automatically allocates the modules to individual strings. If the shading causes a problem, you can either remove badly placed modules manually, or change the string allocation.

Reproduce your customers roof to the precise millimeter on the PV building.

You can take a look at the annual direct irradiation reduction for each module.

Put your competitors in the shade

The shade analysis in 3D mode delivers exact details for both the daily and the annual course of shading. Simply add the object causing shade our program does the rest. It simulates the course of shade for all modules, calculates any expected yield reduction, converts the result into a graph and supports you in planning the ideal PV system. And there can only be one ideal PV system for each customer. As with all of our programs, the results are summarized in the project report of your choice. The 3D report gives you the additional facility of being able to include as many 3D screenshots in the detailed report as you wish. Summary of features - Yield simulation takes account of the precise shading ratio for each module - Easy to use conguration of modules with inverters - Automatic and manual PV module coverage - Visualization of the annual direct irradiation reduction for each point of the PV area - Roof and ground mounted systems can be planned in 3D mode - Optimization of row distances and installation angle - Conguration across rows - Joint conguration of multiple PV areas - Optimization of module coverage and conguration depending on the shading situation - Several buildings, dormers and saw tooth roofs can be covered with modules - Reactive power supply (CosPhi)

You can plan mounted systems in 3D.

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