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Looking for a professional and easy to use software for Solar PV systems design?

System sizing, financial analysis and single-line diagrams all in a single software, already used by thousands of Solar-PV professionals all over the world!

Solarius PV is the BIM software for photovoltaic systems design already used for thousands of different types of installations all over the world.

The complete, reliable and innovative tool for the technical design and financial analysis of photovoltaic systems of any type and size.
The solution that you can use in all kinds of situations and for every type of need:

  • for PV systems installed on new or existing buildings or even for large systems (photovoltaic farms)
  • in every location (geolocation with reference climate data)
  • in any boundary condition (near and far obstacles)
  • all types of Panels and Inverters (extensive library with thousands of different models)
  • the advantage of 3D modeling (even starting from DXF/DWG CAD drawings or IFC BIM models)
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Why choose Solarius-PV ?

  • 3D modeling of parametric PV system objects - Solarius-PV - ACCA software

    3D modeling of parametric PV system objects, even starting from DXF or DWG CAD drawings or BIM models

  • Solar irradiance - Solarius-PV - ACCA software

    Solar irradiance data acquired directly from Meteonorm® or PVGIS® climatic databases

  • Photovoltaic shading - Solarius-PV - ACCA software

    Calculation of photovoltaic shading directly from a photo

  • Extensive libraries of PV panels, inverters and batteries - Solarius-PV - ACCA software

    Extensive libraries of PV panels, inverters and batteries to support all design phases

  • Wiring diagrams of the photovoltaic system - Solarius-PV - ACCA software

    Wiring diagrams of the photovoltaic system (switch panels, cables, protection devices) generated automatically

  • Financial analysis - Solarius-PV - ACCA software

    Financial analysis tools (business plan) of the photovoltaic system

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What types of photovoltaic systems can you design with Solarius-PV? Look at some examples!

PV systems mounted on roof tops

PV systems mounted on roof tops

PV systems mounted at ground level

PV systems mounted at ground level

PV systems mounted on parking shelters (canopies)

PV systems mounted on parking shelters (canopies)

3D BIM Modeling: the easiest and most versatile way to design photovoltaic systems according to your specific needs
Design any type of photovoltaic system starting either from scratch, from an AutoCAD® DXF/DWG CAD drawing or from an IFC BIM model created produced with Edificius, Revit®, ArchiCAD®, etc.

3D input to model the photovoltaic system

3D objects input to design any type of photovoltaic system

With Solarius PV, use 3D objects to quickly model the building's volume footprint, define the PV field installation surfaces and the presence of any obstacles present (chimneys, roof dormers, pylons, etc.) even without any further graphical support.

It doesn’t matter how complex the existing building is: using the "volume" and "inclined surface" objects you can easily model any type of situation directly in 3D even using AutoCAD® DXF/DWG file formats.

3D modelling offers you the advantage of being able to check your system layout and positioning in real time and for all periods of the year, according to the real conditions of the installation site (inclination, orientation, radiation, shading, etc.)

In the case of ground mounted installations, once the site is correctly schematized, easily enrich the project with various types of "3D Models" of canopies, shelters and other photovoltaic support structures. If you need specific objects, even import your own 3D Models into the project with full support for many widely used 3D model formats (SKP, OBJ, 3DS, etc.)

Complete the design with dedicated objects for representing "Electrical switch panels", "Photovoltaic generators" and "Inverters" inserting them in the 3D model with maximum freedom.

 
Integration of the photovoltaic system with the BIM model and the architectural project

Integration of the photovoltaic system with the BIM model and the architectural project

In addition to importing DXF or DWG drawings with Solarius PV you can also:

  • import the project as a BIM model of the building or installation site directly as an IFC file produced with any BIM design authoring software such as: Edificius, Revit®, ArchiCAD®, AllPlan®, VectorWorks®, etc.)
  • design the photovoltaic system directly on the imported model using the 3D parametric objects containing all the information necessary to complete the building information model.
  • export the photovoltaic system BIM model as designed in IFC file format to continue the design workflow of the digital construction model as required by the BIM process philosophy

Solarius PV adopts the IFC standard by buildingSMART international, the only format that can provide assurance of correct file creation, management and data, documents and models sharing among all subjects involved in a given project.

If you need to reach a high standard of activity sharing with all collaborators involved in design, construction and maintenance of the photovoltaic system and the building, you can even integrate your Solarius PV project into the usBIM.platform collaborative platform.

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Assisted design of all system aspects Solar irradiation, shading, orientation, inclination, generators, switch panels, energy consumption, efficiency ratings...

Solar radiation - Solarius PV

Calculation of solar irradiation from Meteonrom® or PVGIS® climate databases

Solarius PV estimates the photovoltaic solar production starting from specific solar irradiation data, provided by the main climatic data references available for locations worldwide:

  • Meteonorm® (integrated and free) for worldwide locations
  • PVGIS® for Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and South-West Asia

Data import from PVGIS is automatic and can also be set starting from the location’s GPS coordinates.

You can always create your personal archive of solar radiation data with the climatic data obtained from solar atlases or field measurements.

Photovoltaic shading - Solarius PV

Photovoltaic system shading calculation directly from a photo

Solarius PV takes into account solar shading caused by the presence of long-distance obstacles (mountains, hills, buildings, trees, etc) through a simple photographic survey and directly on the installation site's solar diagram.

Solarius PV also allows you to check the effect of shading projected on the PV modules by nearby obstacles (chimneys, walls, antennas, etc) on the system layout as the solar path varies over an annual, monthly, daily or hourly period.

Manages shadow projection between parallel rows automatically calculating the minimum installation module row spacing on any surface type (horizontal, vertical or tilted).

Assisted design of the photovoltaic field - Solarius PV

Assisted design of the photovoltaic field

With Solarius PV locate the photovoltaic installation surface with a simple click.

From the selected object, the necessary installation surface is extracted with the automatic recognition of orientation and tilt data.

The identified surface will be automatically filtered from any obstacles that may be present (includimg chimneys, dormers, balustrades, trusses, lighting poles or holes and obstructions) to obtain the correct positioning of the photovoltaic field.

Once the surface has been identified, the software helps you select the correct number of modules based on the defined design criteria. You can, for example, opt for a solution that maximizes annual production rates or simply go for maximum power output, etc.

Define more than one installation surface directly on the 3D BIM model (roof, shelter, canopy, flat roof, ground, etc.) on which to install multiple photovoltaic fields.

Dimensioning of photovoltaic system cables - Solarius PV

Guided configuration of the generator and panel with automatic cable sizing

Once the generator has been positioned and the compatible inverters checked, a dedicated wizard assists the user in designing the switch panel and in sizing the electric cables according to the photovoltaic system configuration, both in direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC).

Easily identify the optimal cable sections according to the chosen laying method, evaluate voltage drops to ensure system security and efficiency, choose the protection devices and automatically produce the single-line diagram.

Cable sizing is determined according to the IEC 60364 standard.

System single-line wiring diagram - Solarius PV

Automatic single-line wiring diagram of the PV system

With Solarius PV, the single-line electrical system is generated automatically from the designed photovoltaic system.

You can customize the PV system at any moment by adding electrical switchboards (in A.C. and in D.C.), electrical protection devices connected to both input and output terminals, different types of cables, etc.

The PV system single-line diagram can be represented in a drawing model completed with general data, graphic symbol legends with detailed component type descriptions and can be easily printed or exported in many different formats (PDF, DXF, DWG, etc).

Business plan

Professional Financial Analysis (Photovoltaic system Business Plan)

With Solarius PV get professional financial analysis directly from the photovoltaic system project: photovoltaic system profitability, investment amortization and other indicators.

The financial analysis report is complete and detailed with:

  • system construction cost estimates
  • total annual producibility of the plant, even on an hourly basis
  • electricity consumption rates arranged by time slots and daily load profiles
  • of possible financing , leasing , etc.

All analysis results are provided in standard and graphical form and can be exported in XLS, RTF, PDF, file formats, etc.

Photovoltaic system inverter photovoltaic modules catalog - Solarius PV

Component libraries supporting all design phases (modules, inverters, batteries)

Solarius PV is equipped with extensive PV component libraries in support of all system design phases.

  • Complete photovoltaic modules, inverters, batteries and component archives with the most common PV system relating items
  • Consumer profiles libraries (electrical loads) with hourly analytical estimation of consumption by type of user (office uses, family, etc) or by type of appliance (PC, washing machine, oven, etc)

Component libraries are easy to consult and always customizable.

Photovoltaic system photo insertion - Solarius PV

Rapid photo simulation for visual impact analysis

With Solarius PV specific photo-montage features allow you to simulate the designed photovoltaic system with high quality photorealistic images for visual impact analysis to show to your clients.

Simply load a photo (building or installation surface) and two measurements acquired on-site to quickly generate a photo-simulation of how your system will affect the installation surface (roof top, ground, porches, etc) by overlaying the designed PV system on your site photo.

Photovoltaic system operational diagnostics - Solarius PV

Operational Diagnostics with alerts

Solarius PV assists your design with an interactive design diagnostics tool that continuously highlights any design errors.

The diagnostics tool pinpoints any design errors by dynamically linking the error message to the component or object while providing useful suggestions to solve the issue.

The diagnostic tool is active during all stages of the design phase continuously checking if any errors have been introduced of any previously highlighted errors have been corrected.

Reports, drawings and documents filled in automatically and dynamically linked to the BIM model

With Solarius PV, all construction documents, reports, forms and documents are automatically filled in from the project and can be easily customized and exported in RTF, PDF, DXF, DWG formats etc.

  • Photovoltaic system technical report, with a complete and detailed description of the system’s characteristics even in other languages such as Spanish, French and (Brazilian) Portuguese
  • Financial Report (photovoltaic business plan) with all the main indicators (Payback Time, NPV, IRR, Cash flow, etc),
  • Photovoltaic system diagram indicating surfaces area view, position of modules, inverters, electrical switchboard, cable etc.
  • Photovoltaic system single-line diagram, indicating electrical switchboards, cables, protection devices, etc.
  • Automatic Cost estimate/quotation of the designed photovoltaic system
  • Working drawings (elevation views, area plans, cross-sections, cutaway drawings, etc.) and other details

All drawings, reports, models and documents are automatically filled in by the project, freely customizable and exportable in RTF, PDF, DXF, DWG, etc.

The technical and financial reports (annual budget, payback time, NPV and IRR) and the graphic drawings are dynamically modified for any change in the design.

 

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FAQ

Yes. Solarius PV is a complete and versatile tool that allows the technical and economic design and evaluation of any type of system and size:

  • integrated roof systems,
  • facades or sunscreens (brise soleil) of new or existing buildings,
  • installations on terraces on buildings or ground level terraces
  • photovoltaic farms also with "sunflower" type panels,
  • systems mounted on parking shelters, canopies or similar, etc.

Yes, Solarius PV allows you to produce a preliminary economic evaluation of your project and therefore it isn’t necessary to complete all phases of technical design.
Simply specify general installation site info, define available installation surfaces and in a very fast and accurate way you can get the relevant photovoltaic energy production rates. The financial analysis can be completed with a detailed estimate, by means of special load profile archive, energy consumption (PV electricity consumption or withdrawn from the network) with the detail of daily time periods and for different periods of the year.

Yes, the software already has a database of cities for many nations of the world, all provided free of charge and include the largest and most professional solar irradiation data as Meteonorm® (integrated and free) for the whole world and PVGIS for Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean Basin and South-West Asia.
Furthermore, it is always possible to define new locations.

The software allows you to optimize the design of photovoltaic systems based on the actual available surfaces and/or the customer’s energy needs.
You choose to optimize production in order to take advantage of the entire available area or, in alternative, in relation to the power or specified energy requirement. Solarius PV guides the user by showing only the modules, inverters and accumulators for which all electrical tests are satisfied. This simply means that photovoltaic system design becomes faster and safer.
Of course, if you want to use a specific photovoltaic module or a specific inverter, even if not present in the library, the software allows the user to add it proposing only the photovoltaic field composition (number of strings by number of modules) that satisfy all electrical checks.

Yes! The extensive library of components is freely customizable.
Once you have defined your modules, inverters and accumulators, you can also choose to use only the inserted elements in all new projects.

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