Announcing a partnership agreement with National Semiconductor Corp., Solmetric has revealed its plans to develop a software tool to estimate the energy production of solar arrays. The software tool includes installations outfitted with National Semiconductor’s SolarMagic power optimizers that enable solar panels to generate the maximum energy regardless of under-performance of connected panels.
The aim of the new tool is to enable manufacturers to maximise their power generation using the SolarMagic optimizer, and capturing site-specific shade information with Solmetric’s SunEye instrument (pictured). The estimation software will then enable the manufacturers to design a PV system that will generate the maximum energy output.
Comprising real-world installation site data, the software will be designed to allow comparisons to be made between different hardware and different roof layouts, as well as a realistic visualization of shade over the array area, and will then estimate the resultant energy production.
The PV Simulator will be available to SolarMagic and Solmetric customers in August 2009.