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This tutorial shows how quickly and easily you can create simple standard buildings and configure a photovoltaic system in PV*SOL premium 2016 without a costly local meeting. In this release, many time-consuming steps have been simplified, considerably accelerating the design process. This is achieved mainly through the new features "Map Import" and "Extrusion Of 3D Objects"
First, start PV*SOL premium 2016 or a later version. You are now on the "Welcome Page" of the application.
We will now reproduce a simple house with a hipped roof. Please begin a new project.
We have chosen Los Angeles as the location.
Now click on the button "3D Design" and then on the overview screen to get into the "3D Visualization".
In the dialog "New 3D System" click on the button "Coverable Object" and select the menu item "Map Section" in the drop down menu.
Now you see an expanded view of the dialog, in which a city map is shown on the top right. Click on it.
An address field is located on the top left, in which you can mark off the location of the building.
You can scroll with the mouse wheel and you can move the image with the left mouse button.
The resulting "pixels per meter" determined by the map service are shown in the field "scale". If you have different data available, you can change the value.
The software zooms immediately into the "Object View" on the map, and you can begin to sketch the floor plans.
At first we sketch a polygon for the target building. Click on this button to begin the process.
The polygon can be drawn by clicking on the map section. Please draw accurately.
You can interrupt tracing and draw a further polygon with the Enter Key.
Because the house is a building with a hipped roof, we draw a distance which marks the ridge in the next step.
With the Right Mouse Button or the Escape Key you can terminate the sketching.
The plan can then be extruded. Click on the polygon and select the context menu item "Extrude 3D Object".
A "Building With Hipped Roof" is then offered as the preselection. All dimensions as well as the orientation are already taken from this building.
Now only the data for the eaves must be entered, i.e. the height of the ground floor and the roof slope to the longer eave.
Here we have some shading caused by a tree. This can also be sketched and will be included in the shading simulation.
Since the object is to be covered with PV modules in the next step, it must be added to the coverable objects. Then click "Activate".
PV*SOL offers an automatic method of assigning the modules, which guarantees the optimal utilization of the roof space.
We can execute a shading analysis now. So hit this button.
The computer program featured is PV*SOL premium, a design software from Valentin Software in the fields of photovoltaics and renewable energy. The software focuses on design support and yield calculation. ... .