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Software Development for Photovoltaic Systems Simulation and Design

Software Development for Photovoltaic Systems Simulation and Design

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The price drop of photovoltaic (PV) modules and other balance of sytem components has led to an increase in ‘soft’ costs, which include the design and the engineering of the system. Reducing these soft costs has thus become one of the challenges the PV industry has to tackle to achieve further global systems costs limitation. A sound use of software can enable time savings during the design process and a better system performance thanks to optimisation features. This study focuses on three aspects addressed by software for solar PV: layout, yield estimation and electrical sizing. These three topics show strong interaction and overlap most of the time; therefore an efficient design process would require the ability for the different pieces of software to communicate.

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