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Your Solar Project

 

Note that usually you do not need more than one "solar" product of the Shadow Analyzer Collection, because each next product in the sequence Shadow Visualizer, Shadow Calculator, and Shadow Analyzer is "higher" than the previous one and contains all the features of "lower" products.

 

Shadow Visualizer vs. Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer

 

To decide which one of our "solar" products Shadow Visualizer, Shadow Calculator, or Shadow Analyzer corresponds to your needs, compare the tasks that you can implement with them. Shortly speckling, Shadow Visualizer only visualizes shadows, while Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer also calculate their impact on your solar collectors. Shadow Calculator does it only for static solar collectors like plane panels of PV-modules on a roof or rows of inclined PV-modules on the ground, while Shadow Analyzer expands these options also to the class of sun-tracking solar power systems with panels of PV-modules installed on 1-axis and 2-axes trackers.

 

Our "solar" products alow you to create the architectural environment of your project, and define a collector system with the static or sun-tracking panels. All "solar" products visualize shadows on your solar collectors for different days and seasons to error-proof your project. You can transfer 3D views of your solar project into other applications like MS Word to write an illustrated report or MS PowerPoint to create an animated presentation.

 

Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer provide you with various forms of the graphical and numerical information concerning your project. For these purposes they have a set of interactive "solar" windows that are synchronized with the 3D View window of your project or one of its variants. You can specify the climatic parameters of your site. Then, the application displays the calculated characteristics of the shading, energy losses, and the energy output of your system in several "solar" windows modeling particular days or the entire year. You can analyze the graphical representation of the data (as a set of curves of the calculated characteristics), or use the Table window that displays their numerical values. Then you can transfer the tables into other applications like MS Excel to compare data of different versions of your project and implement further numerical analysis for the optimization of your project or for more specific research tasks.

 

Visualization

 

Use Visualization options (available in all "solar" products) to error-proof your solar project:

 

 

Note that you can use the visualization of shadows not only for a solar collector system, but also for many other tasks that are somehow associated with the solar radiation in architecture, solar design, and even in your everyday practical life, when you either need to avoid the shading of something or vice versa need to protect something from the direct solar light.

 

This is the screen shot of a typical session with Shadow Visualizer (we hid some toolbars to simplify the picture).

 

 

Calculation & Analysis

 

Use Calculation & Analysis options of Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer to implement the complete site analysis and optimization of your solar project:

 

 

This is the screen shot of a typical session with Shadow Calculator. You see the 3D View window with the static collector system on the southern plane of the roof. This window is available also in Shadow Visualizer. You can use it for visual analysis of the shading of your collectors. You see also some "solar" windows that are available in Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer only. Each "solar" window has a few pages that display different aspects of the corresponding information. The Climate & Irradiance window allows to set the climatic characteristics of your site. The Solar Day and Solar Year windows display the irradiation, shading, energy losses, and energy output of your system.

 

 

And the next screen shot illustrate a typical session with Shadow Analyzer. You see the 3D View window with 2-axes trackers for PV-modules. This window is available also in Shadow Visualizer. You can use it for visual analysis of the shading of your collectors. You see also some "solar" windows that are available in Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer only. Each "solar" window has a few pages that display different aspects of the corresponding information. For example, the Climate & Irradiance window (not shown here) allows to set the climatic characteristics of your site. The Solar Day and Solar Year windows display the irradiation, shading, energy losses, and energy output of your system. Some additional pop-up windows (you see one of them -- "Set PV-Strings") help you to configure PV-modules on trackers and connect them into PV-strings. You can open these additional pop-up windows with the "ATT" menu-button of the toolbar "Scene".

 

 

Create Architecture

 

Most of the materials of previous chapters are devoted just to the theme of the scene creation. If you are yet not familiar with this technique, we provide you with a guide line in the next topic Create Architecture of this chapter.

 

You can find there also some practical notes on how to choose a reasonable level of the architectural details in your scenes to work effectively with the "solar" windows of Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer.

 

Define Collector System

 

The "solar" windows of Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer interpret objects of the following object types as solar collectors:

 

 

This mechanism provides a user with a flexible way to construct collector systems of different configurations attaching a few array-objects of these types to surfaces of "architectural" objects or allocating them directly to the ground. See details in the topic Define Collector System of this chapter.

 

Visualize Shadows

 

The visualization of shadows itself is a powerful method to error-proof your project. This option is available in all "solar" products.

 

Considering the scene day by day for different seasons of the year, you can identify the origin of the collector shading and the time boundaries when it occurs. It helps also to interpret the numerical data of the "solar" windows of Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer, because the shading characteristics become more evident after you compare them with the shadow images of the 3D View window.

 

See details in the topic Visualize Shadows of this chapter.

 

Solar Radiation Windows

 

In addition to the multiple 3D View windows that you use to create scenes, define your collector system, and visualize shadows, Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer have a few specific "solar" windows that allow you to set the climatic parameters of your site, calculate the energy characteristics of your collectors, evaluate the energy losses associated with the shading, compare the annual energy yeld of the different system versions, and implement the complete site analysis and the optimization of your solar project to increase the energy output.

 

Use the toolbar Sun to open the following "solar" windows:

 

 

The following scheme represents the data exchange and the synchronization of the 3D View and "solar" windows:

 

The transfer of the climatic parameters via the notification dialog box:

 

Automatic update of the recalculated energy characteristics after the scene or view change:

 

Automatic refreshment of the "Solar Table" window:

 

See details in the topic Solar Radiation Windows of this chapter. The particular pages of the "solar" windows are described in Bird Clear Sky Model, Climate & Irradiance, Solar Day, and Solar Year.

 

Solar Tables

 

The "Solar Table" window is a specific "solar" window that displays the numerical data of the curves of other "solar" windows. Namely, it displays the data of the latest active "solar" window: the "Bird" window, the "Climate" window, the "Day" window, or the "Year" window.

 

See details in the topic Solar Tables of this chapter.

 

Transfer Data into Other Applications

 

Use the "Copy to Clipboard" options of Shadow Calculator and Shadow Analyzer to transfer data, 3D views, and tables with the calculated characteristics of your project into other applications like MS Excel, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint to implement any further numerical analysis, to write an illustrated report, or to create an animated presentation.

 

See details in the topic Data Transfer of this chapter.