PV simulation has evolved tremendously over the last few years to offer viable data for understanding energy yields and for meaningful economic analysis. However, like any tool, it is only as useful as how you drive it. This course will delve into a true understanding of how to drive PVsyst, PV Design Pro, SAM, and Helioscope for first order analysis, detailed yield results, and also for meeting utility proposal requirements.

Date & Time: May 23-25, 2016, Monday to Tuesday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: 3103 Medlock Bridge Rd Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30071

PV202: Photovoltaic Systems simulation/modeling with PVsyst


Course Contents

Simulation landscape, overview, and function

  • What can you expect from simulation?
  • Overview of the major tools and what can be achieved with each
  • Understanding the two major types of systems (Grid interactive and standalone) and how to leverage
  • the tools for each
  • How simulation can help optimize system performance

Climate files and other model inputs

  • Overview of climate files and how to integrate each within PVsyst, PV Design Pro, SAM, and Helioscope
  • Types of module models, inverter models, charger, and battery models

PVsyst simulation process

Complete flow walkthrough

Shading analysis

  • Understanding horizon shadings
  • Creating near shading models

Overall system engineering and optimizing using PVsyst

  • Sizing a PV system to meet different goals
  • System sizing methodologies and tools

Detailed loss factor modeling

  • Understanding the myriad loss factors and how each affects the simulation results
  • Understanding the NEC 690 as it relates to wire losses and OCPDs and their impact on the simulation

PVsyst report analysis

  • Understanding the complete yield and analysis report.
  • Identify potential problems in your PV system via the report
  • Creating the 8760 hourly data report dependent on exact needs

Understanding economic factors and how to model them (LCOE, etc)

  • NEC article 705: methods of connecting to the utility
  • Understanding standards IEEE 1574 and UL 1741 and how they relate to interconnections
  • Distinguishing between net metering and other types of utility revenue metering

Walkthrough with PV Design Pro, SAM, and Helioscope

Report and yield analysis comparison from each of the four major tools (PVsyst, PV Design Pro, SAM, and Helioscope)

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