Modular Simulation Tools
is software for planning, monitoring and visualising energy systems. For this
purpose INSEL provides state-of-the-art functions in the form of
blocks that can be linked to a concrete solution, for example for simulating
meteorological data, electrical and thermal energy components etc.
(TRaNsient SYstem Simulation Program) is an energy simulation program whose modular
system approach makes it one of the most flexible tools available. It includes a
graphical interface, a simulation engine, and a library of components that range
from various building models to standard HVAC equipment to renewable energy and
emerging technologies. TRNSYS also includes a method for creating new components
that do not exist in the standard package. A special library of components is available to simulate renewable energy-based
power generation: PV systems, batteries, wind turbines, fuel cells.
Proffesional Economic Evaluation Tools
the HOMER energy modeling software is a powerful tool for designing and analyzing
hybrid power systems, which contain a mix of conventional generators, cogeneration,
wind turbines, solar photovoltaics, hydropower, batteries, fuel cells, hydropower,
biomass and other inputs. It is currently used all over the world by tens of
thousands of people.
Solar Advisor Model (SAM) -
The System Advisor Model (SAM) is a performance and economic model designed to
facilitate decision making for people involved in the renewable energy industry,
ranging from project managers and engineers to incentive program designers, technology
developers, and researchers
bei greenius handelt es sich um eine sehr leistungsfähige Simulationsumgebung zur
Berechnung und Analyse regenerativer Kraftwerksprojekte wie solarthermischer
Parabolrinnen-Kraftwerke, Photovoltaikanlagen, Windparks, Brennstoffzellen oder
Other Economic Evaluation Tools
RETScreen® International is a clean energy awareness, decision-support
and capacity building tool. The core of the tool consists of a standardised
and integrated clean energy project analysis software that can be used world-wide
to evaluate the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emission
reductions for various types of energy efficient and renewable energy
umfangreiche Software zur Planung und Wirtschaftlichkeitsberechnung von PV-Anlagen.
Beinhaltet eine Solar-Strahlungskarte des Deutschen Wetterdienstes, berücksichtigt
verschiedene Kredite der KfW und die Konditionen des aktuellen EEG.
Die Ergebnisse können als Tabelle oder als 3D-Diagramme ausgegeben werden.
Photovoltaic Industry Related Tools
APOS photovoltaic StatLab - APOS photovoltaic StatLab is a software tool for the statistical analysis and the quality assessment of photovoltaic (PV) modules. It makes advanced statistical methodology available for non-statisticians.
Based on joined research of RWTH Aachen University and TÜV Rheinland Group, it calculates acceptance sampling plans to assess the quality of the power output of modules. Standard approaches as well as innovative procedures taking into account flash data tables are implemented. It provides easy data handling and data analysis of flash data and lab
Organic Photovoltaics Analysis Platform
- Organic Photovoltaics
Analysis Platform (OPVAP) is a group of software used in the field of solar
cells, which include analyzing experimental data, calculating optimum
architecture based on your materials, and even some research assistant
tools such as PicureProcess.
Analysis and Planning Tools
PV*SOL - PV*SOL is a multi-product suite of software for the design, simulation and financial
analysis of photovoltaic systems ranging from small off-grid residential systems to
large commercial grid-connected and utility-scale systems.
The range of PV*SOL programs include:
PV*SOL basic for the quick design, financial analysis and creation of customer
proposals for residential and small commercial PV systems up to 300kW.
PV*SOL Pro for the detailed analysis of complex PV systems of up to 100MW comprised
of up to six different arrays, each can be designed using different sizes,
orientations, modules, inverters and losses.
PV*SOL Expert which contains all the capabilities of PV*SOL Pro plus the added
capability of 3D array design and detailed near shade analysis. The calculations
installers, engineers and designers can make are based on hourly data and results
can be presented in 3D graphic form, in a detailed project report or in a results
photovoltaics, solar thermal and geothermal simulation tool.
PV F-CHART - is a comprehensive photovoltaic system analysis and design
program. The program provides monthly-average performance estimates
for each hour of the day. The calculations are based upon methods
developed at the University of Wisconsin which use solar radiation
utilizability to account for statistical variation of radiation and
Solmetric PV Designer™
- If you design residential and smaller
commercial systems of 15 kW or less with either a single inverter or multiple
inverters, PV Designer is the design tool of choice. The software is easy to learn and
easy to use, and allows detailed analysis practical for all installers, not just
engineers of big commercial systems.
DDS-CAD PV -
with DDS-CAD PV, complete photovoltaic systems (roof-mounted, roof and facade
installation as well as in open spaces) can be professionally planned and
visualized in high quality.
Meteodyn PV -
The software for solar resource assessment and PV power plants design.
online design, simulation and analysis of PV projects.
Solarius PV -
Software Progettazione Impianti Fotovoltaici.
Simulation tool for planning and optimisation of photovoltaic systems using
climate and geographic data at high temporal and spatial resolution and new
generation high performance algorithms.
REA System Sizing Tool -
One of the most important aspects of designing a solar array is sizing
module strings to operate within the parameters of the selected inverter.
Renewable Energy Associates has developed a tool to help in that process.
Most inverter manufacturers offer some type of sizing tool, whether it's
simple or advanced, it's usually limited to selecting only their products.
The REA System Sizing Tool lets you select from a wide variety of products
and manufacturer's and is completely free.
is a PC software package for the study, sizing, simulation and
data analysis of complete PV systems. It is suitable for
grid-connected, stand-alone and DC-grid (public transport) systems,
and offers an extensive meteorological and PV-components database.
This software is oriented towards architects, engineers, and
researchers, and holds very helpful tools for education.
- Company Laplace System offers diverse software tools. Photovoltaic simulation
software Solar Pro is also suitable for shadowing analysis.
Monitoring and Control Tools
safer´Sun is a tool for local and/or remote monitoring of
Based on the use of Performance Modeling based on proprietary
algorithms, as well as decision support mechanisms, SolarEye Platform
aims at achieving the fastest possible fault isolation, while in parallel
it automates and simplifies everyday tasks like fault detection and status
Site Analysis Tools
Global Meteorological Database for Solar Energy and Applied Meteorology.
METEONORM is a comprehensive climatological database for solar energy applications:
a meteorological database containing comprehensive climatological data for
solar engineering applications at all points of the globe between the polar
circles; a computer program for climatological calculations;
a data source for engineering design programs in the passive, active and
photovoltaic application of solar energy with comprehensive data interfaces; a
standardization tool permitting developers and users of engineering design
programs access to a comprehensive, uniform data basis.
Shadow Analyser -
Shadow Analyzer is an advanced parametric CAD tool
for professionals in the area of Solar Energy Engineering and Architecture.
Shadows is a program used to design sundials and astrolabes and it is very
useful also in solar energy engineering. Supports plane sundials with polar
style of any orientation and reclination, analemmatic sundials, cylindrical and
bifilar sundials. Simulates, displays and animates the shadow of the style and
offers complete ephemeris of the Sun and draws the Solar Diagram.
solar systems design in plugin for Sketchup.
BlueSol is a software for the design of photovoltaic systems in every country in the world. It allows you to perform the entire process of designing a PV system, from the preliminary assessment of producibility to the realization of the project documentation. BlueSol top features are: use of wizards or direct editing for the dimensioning of the photovoltaic system; insertion and verification of cables and electrical components; integrated CAD system to arrange modules, strings, cables, panels and inverters in the planimetry; 3D visualization of layout with simulations of shading of near obstacles and assessments of irradiations on surfaces; electrical scheme automatically created; irradiations specified by the user, from NASA-SSE world wide data, or imported from PVGIS; default and user templates of documents with integrated word processor.
Energy Periscope -
EnergyPeriscope™ is designed to speed up and enhance the sales
process. Quickly spec out customized solutions, across a spectrum of
possibilities: Accommodates solar electric (PV), solar thermal
(water, pool/spa, hydronic floors), wind turbines, energy storage and
Amethyst ShadowFX -
Amethyst ShadowFX is a sun and shadow modeling program for architects and town planners.
Amethyst ShadowFX enables you to easily generate shadow profiles cast by buildings and
other objects for any latitude, longitude and time of year.
A PC-tool to calculate shadows on arbitrarily oriented surfaces.
For both, active use of solar energy (domestic hot water, photovoitaics)
as well as for passive solar architecture, shading or lighting of
planes plays an important role Sombrero provides quantitative results for
the shading of collectors or windows by buildings, trees, overhangs or the horizon.
Panorama master -
with "Panorama master" you can make exact matched set of photos - base for panorama picture.
software simulates sun path diagrams for arbitrary latitude.
Mit dem städtebaulichen Simulationsprogramm GOSOL können städtebauliche
Planungen solar+energetisch schnell und zielsicher verglichen, bewertet und
Solar Radiation Maps
Focus Solar -
at Focus Solar, we master the art of solar resource estimation. That's the
study of how much energy is provided by the sun under different weather
conditions. The use of satellite earth observations has brought a whole new
dimension to solar resource assessment. Solar home systems and solar power plants
can now be planned, operated, and optimized with the support of high-tech
instruments from NASA's weather satellites.
high resolution solar radiation and temperature data for any location
or region, solar maps, and simulation tools for solar energy technologies
(PV, CSP, CPV, solar heating/cooling).
SolarGIS is a web based system that includes high-resolution climate databases,
and software for solar energy applications.
WhiteBox Technologies -
Building energy simulations require weather data as an essential input. White Box Technologies provides useful tools to find
"typical year" and historical year weather files created from weather reports of over 10,000 official weather stations around the world.
Renewable Energy & Information Services.
Photovoltaic Geographical Information System -
PVGIS, Geographical Assessment of Solar Resource and Performance of Photovoltaic Technology.
Calculations for European teritory, Mediteranian region and Africa are available.
Urbasun software provides solar radiation data analysis in urban areas. UrbaSun is intended for architects, environmental and Renewables consultants, urban design engineering offices.
Site Management Tools
BPS Asset Management -
The BPS Asset Management and Monitoring Software has been developed for PV Asset
Managers and Owners with diverse portfolios who require a single system of
reference to operate effectively and efficiently. With the focus of the
solar industry shifting to long term O&M, skilled management combined with
useful software can make a significant difference to the bottom line.
Providing a wholistic management solution, the BPS platform closes the gaps
between performance monitoring, contract obligations, asset tracking,
maintenance, warranty, and reporting.
SolarDesignTool.com is an online PV design web app that makes it easy for anyone to design
and configure optimal solar electric power systems and panel layouts. The solar design software
has a number of features including string configuration for string inverter and distributed MPPT
inverter systems, branch configuration for microinverter systems, automatic optimal panel layout
generation, remote design using 3D models derived from satellite and aerial imagery, and an embedded
drawing tool to quickly sketch or modify installation areas. The tool's mission is to automate system
design and make this technology available at an affordable price to independent contractors.
PV analytics -
PVA provides users the ability to rapidly size grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems and simulate accurate hour-by-hour energy production from anywhere on any device. It integrates proprietary cloud technology with NREL's PVWatts algorithm and up-to-date PV equipment data from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Precision and detail are achieved in a dynamic and user-friendly online environment, making PVA the perfect tool for solar industry professionals.
is a free to use suite of tools to make designing a PV system easy.
It does array design to scale (on roof, roof integrated and flat roof),
inverter sizing, structural and wind load calculations, performance
calculation, voltage drop, calculates mounting kit required and gives a
quote on the kit as well as generating a report for your records.
If you're logged in it will save projects to come back to.
PV system design.
Logiciel CalSol -
Estimation de l'énergie solaire disponible pour une application énergétique
oTilt is a free online application for determining optimum tilt angles for solar collectors.
Use the only platform in solar built specifically to deal with all the solar financing options.
Solar Census -
online shade tool.
i-PALS WEB -
i-Pals WEB is PV customizable simulation software including system design and layout and detailed
array, string and module settings and information.
Smart Phone Apps
asySolar app is currently the most advanced tool to design PV available
from smartphone that contains advanced algorithms developed by engineers
of the best European universities of technology.
Solar Shading -
The Solar Shading app lets a photovoltaic installer/designer complete a
solar shading analysis in just a couple of minutes and then send out a PDF
shading report showing the array losses due to shading and the array kWh