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[Tutorial] PV*SOL premium 2017 - Program options and presentation




Program options and presentation

This tutorial gives an overview on how to customize PV*SOL premium for your needs. The program options and the setup of the presentation will be explained.

After starting PV*SOL premium you can enter the options via the menu bar in the upper left corner.

"User Data" and "Program Options" will both open the options menu on different sections.

"Reset" restores either the default options from the installation or an user defined reset point.

After clicking "User Data" the options dialog opens to the section where you can indicate your company information. These will be added to the final presentation.

Your logo can be loaded in bmp, gif, jpg and jpeg format.

Save as default to easily restore your input anytime you want. This applies to all the configurations made in the options menu.

The “Extended” section lets you choose the default directory for your projects. You can also set the unit system your project is based on.

For the currency, the decimal and the thousands delimiter PV*SOL uses your system settings. Follow the link to change them.

It is highly recommended to leave the four boxes below checked to keep your software up to date and get help when problems occur.

In the Reset section you can restore all options and databases to delivery status. User-created data will be lost!

The Project Options are specific for your current project. For every new project they will be reset to the installation default or, if created, the user default.

All the sections are also linked in the corresponding steps of the simulation process.

In AC Mains you can adjust the grid properties to your local conditions.

The feed-in power clipping and the saved emissions may vary for every project. The saving of 600 g/kWh is a typical value for Germany.

In the Simulation section you can define the losses you want to include in the simulation process. Premium users can decide if they want to use the shading calculated from the 3D modeling.

The irradiance can be simulated with one-minute values that include a synthesized cloudiness. In this case the simulation process will take longer, but is more accurate.

For a precise analysis of your system you might want to have a more detailed look at the radiation distribution. You can do this for the entire system or certain module areas.

The losses for the PV system can be entered globally or for every module area individually. The albedo and soiling losses can be entered for the entire year or for each month.

Typical albedo values of different surfaces can be found in the PV*SOL help.

Soiling losses depend heavily on the location of your system. Dry areas with flat tilt angles may suffer from higher losses.

In the Configuration Limits section you can define the electrical limits of the suggested configurations for your system.

The sizing factor can be changed manually or be calculated based on your systems specifications.

Of course you can always use your own configuration. In this case you will receive a warning message if the sizing exceeds the tolerances but you will still be able to simulate.

The unbalanced load should match the requirements of your local grid. You can choose wether you want to include it in your simulation. The same applies for the max. system voltage.

In the automatic configuration section you can make some adjustments on how PV*SOL will configure your solar system.

Choose how many configurations will be shown on one page and if the previously set tolerance areas should be included.

In case your inverter has more than one MPP tracker you should determine how those will be integrated. You cannot have more than two different types of inverters in the configuration.

The View Presentation section lets you configure the presentation to your own needs. Not included elements will not be shown.

You can also leave out entire sections like the financial analysis if you just want to have a technical overview.

There is also an option to export the presentation in a big variety of additional languages. If not selected, the program language is chosen.

The resolution of the pictures and screenshots in the presentation will be scaled down to keep the data size moderate. If you need them in higher resolution or in a bigger format just check the boxes at the bottom.

In simulation results section you can decide how your simulated data will be saved. 

The simulation with hourly and minute values takes longer than with monthly values. If you save the results in the project file, the next simulation will be a lot quicker. Mind that the project file will be a lot bigger than normally.

You can also choose the units and separators for the detailed export file. Depending on the number of module areas those files can be very large. The one-minute simulation generates over 500.000 values for each parameter.


Type of video:

Tutorial, Lesson, Exercise, Practice, Presentation, Demonstration


Type of featured software:

PV-SOL premium:

Photovoltaic Application, Solar Calculator, 3D-Visualization, CAD-Tool, 3D-Sketchup-Tool, Shading Generator, Time-Step Simulation Program, Planning Software, Calculation Program, Spreadsheet Program, Economy Software



(Virtual) Photovoltaic System, PV Module, Solar Module, Solar Panel, Solar Cells, PV Array, Free Standing, Rack Mounted Arrays, Inverter, Inverter Configuration, PV Array Configuration, Grid-connected System, Stand-alone PV Systems, Planning, Sizing, Commissioning, System Concept, Inverter Concept, Electricity Consumption, Yield Calculation, Storage, MPP Tracking, 3D-Visualization, Shading Analysis, Shading Animation, Profit Calculation, Profitability Assessment


Business Field:

Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy, New Energies, Environmental Engineering, Climate ChangeClimate Protection, Decentralized Energy Supply, Solar Energies, Photovoltaics, Power Grid, Market Incentive Program, Solar Market,



PV Planer, Plant Engineers, Craftsmen, Experts, Specialists, Plumbers, Consultants, Installation Firms, Commercial Customers, Manufacturers, System Developers, Universities, Students, Trainees

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