Management Support Products
A number of software companies offer solutions specifically tailored to the solar market. There are three main categories:
Planning, Simulation and DesignMainly for planning purposes, simulation software applications can assist both upstream and downstream players as well as end-customers.
Manufacturing SupportEnterprise tools like SAP offer PV-manufacturing components to help manufacturers optimize their business processes.
Monitoring and System ControlSoftware that helps measure and monitor the solar generating system, the output of which can be used to optimize the facility.
|Planning, Simulation & Design|
|Ansys||USA||Engineering simulation with segment focusing on renewable energy|
|Dr. Valentin Energie Software GmbH||Germany||Software solutions for planning, design, dynamic simulation and profitability calculations concerning solar plants|
|Greenius||Germany||simulation software for a number of renewable technologies, developed by the university in Berlin. Technologies include solar pv, solar thermal, concentrated solar, fuel cells, wind parks. There is a free version available.|
|simuSolar||Germany||Develop software for the planning and simulation of rooftop pv|
|PVsyst||Switzerland||Software package for pv systems - rooftop as well as free-standing.|
|Monitoring & System Control|
|natcon7 GmbH||Germany||Portal that allows individual systems to be operated in a virtual network, reducing totoal costs for distribution|
|Tigo Energy||USA||An active management and monitoring system that can control each module indvidually with a help of a special hardware device. Most other monitoring systems can only measure at string-level.|
|Solar Log||Germany||Wireless monitoring system|
|Amitec||Israel||Planning and monitoring tool that integrates physical security, climate data and system performance.|
|SunSniffer||Germany||This is another module-level monitoring system that places a chip on every module.|
|Relatio||Germany||Logging devices for different performance categories. Also allows operation management.|