Valentin Software has expanded its PV*SOL design software

System planning and simulation is becoming more detailed and e-mobility is also entering the fray as an own-consumption factor. (Photo: Valentin Software)
System planning and simulation is becoming more detailed and e-mobility is also entering the fray as an own-consumption factor. (Photo: Valentin Software)

Berlin-based Valentin Software GmbH has updated its software for designing photovoltaic plants to include new features. The new version of the PV*SOL premium and PV*SOL software now makes it possible to take electric cars into consideration when calculating your own consumption. In the new version, Valentin Software has integrated additional, flexible electricity tariff models. The new software enables the calculation of the P90 value as well. The P90 states that there is a 90% probability that the simulated average annual energy yield will be exceeded, and is a particularly important factor for investors. The new software version is available as of October 17.

“While there is now a greater general debate about electric cars, end customers are still asking if they pay off“, says Steffen Lindemann, managing director of Valentin Software GmbH. “Combining an electric car with a solar unit can be a sensible solution, but that depends on a large number of parameters. PV*SOL takes these parameters into account and thus helps the plant designer to make a soundly based prediction about it“, is how Lindemann describes the motivation to expand PV*SOL to include electric cars. In the new version the user can select their electric car from the database. They then enter their daily mileage, and PV*SOL calculates how much PV energy can be used to charge the car. The software also calculates the cost per 100 kilometers, with and without the use of photovoltaics.

Another important feature of the new version of PV*SOL premium and PV*SOL are the expanded electricity tariff models. In future, system designers can take high and low tariffs (HT/LT) into account when designing plants. This function is especially interesting in countries where HT/LT, net metering and time of use tariffs are widespread.

T*SOL 2017, the new version of Valentin Software’s program for the simulation of solar thermal systems, was introduced onto the market right on time at the beginning of the year. Valentin has expanded the automatic functions in the parameter optimization by adding financial values. These include, for example, the net present value, the return on capital and the heat price. This makes it possible to determine the influence of the size of various components of a solar thermal system, e.g. the size of a storage tank or the number of collectors, and to optimize them in respect of the economy efficiency.

To make it easier for the user to work with T*SOL, the database dialogs have been standardized and reworked so that selecting, pasting and editing components (collectors, heat generators and air collectors) is now much faster and smoother. In all dialogs, it is now possible to create your own favorites and to keep an overview of the frequently used components in the very extensive component databases. Another important feature of T*SOL 2017 is the output of an energy label. T*SOL simulates the energy efficiency of heating systems supported by solar thermal energy and generates the energy label for direct output to a printer. This means, for example, that heating installers are able to create such a label for each individually built system.

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Source: Valentin Software