Kaunas, Lithuania, Dec. 9, 2020 (Solar Business Hub) – With clients successfully using the first version of PVcase software in over 50 countries, the company is pleased to announce the public release of PVcase 2.0 which now includes shading analysis and civil design tools. Solar engineers can adjust table layouts based on different shading scenarios to optimize system economics and address key challenges of the civil design early on in the project.
As mandatory targets to increase the share of energy derived from renewable sources are being introduced by regulators across the globe, clean energy developers face the challenges of limited land availability. A growing number of solar designers have to work with complex designs including terrain restrictions and various shading scenarios. PVcase’s newest release is designed to help solar engineers to address these challenges and stay ahead of the curve.
PVcase 2.0 enables the generation of location and time-based shading projections, eliminating the need for any subsequent changes at the later stages of the design process. Engineers working on hilly projects will also be able to perform surface slope analysis on the north and south-facing single-axis tracker tables and set their piling range.
David Trainavicius, CEO and founder of PVcase said:
“The ability to assess and mitigate shading losses in a few seconds saves an enormous amount of engineering time each day.”
David believes that the 2.0 launch comes at a critical time for the solar industry. Now more than ever, he observes that the clients are being put under a lot of pressure to reduce the likelihood of cost overruns.
The latest version of PVcase software leverages a solar position algorithm, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL’s Solar Position Algorithm (SPA) calculates the solar zenith and azimuth angles, with uncertainties of +/-0.0003 degrees based on the date, time, and location on Earth.
Douglas Geist, Chief Partnerships Officer at PVcase said:
“NREL’s algorithm has been an invaluable asset for modeling PVcase’s shading analysis capability. NREL are clear leaders in this space and have proved to deliver reliable results over the years. They were an easy choice for us.”
PVcase, UAB is a Lithuania-based next-generation PV software company founded in 2018, creating solar design automation tools tailored to the specific needs of solar engineers worldwide. PVcase’s client book includes some of the largest EPC and energy companies, extending from Europe to North and South America, Asia, and Australia.
About PVcase software
PVcase solar engineering software enables engineers to design utility-scale power plant 30 times faster and with up to 10% better precision when compared to conventional solar design methods. Seamlessly integrated within the AutoCAD environment, PVcase streamlines the most time consuming and challenging tasks of solar engineering.
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