New tool for the design of photovoltaic power plants on land with complex topography – pv magazine International

The Spanish engineering company Sener has developed software that analyzes different combinations of panels, trackers or tables, inverters and storage systems, as well as construction costs, depending on the market situation at a given time and the preferences of the customer.

Since pv magazine Spain

The Spanish company Sener has launched the Oruga software, a new tool for designing solar power plants on land with complex topography.

“Oruga is the most advanced tool on the market to design the most profitable photovoltaic power plant on a given terrain,” said Arturo Basurto, chief innovation officer at Sener. “It is able to accurately calculate both the energy production and the cost of the thousands of possible installations within a plot, to select the most profitable configuration or to provide the levelized cost of energy ( LCOE) the lowest), thanks to two advanced algorithms for optimizing civil works and 3D rollback.

According to Sener, the Oruga software has two differentiating characteristics: the ability to accurately calculate the earthworks associated with each of the possible locations within the plot; and the 3D backtracking algorithm allows trackers to be positioned at the optimum angle to maximize power generation, minimizing shadows between panels throughout the day.

In addition, the software would be able to analyze different combinations of panels, trackers or tables, inverters and batteries, as well as construction costs, depending on the market situation at a given time and the preferences of the clients.

In addition, the new tool has a catalog of components and their associated prices updated according to the market. It offers, via a graphical interface, the ability to migrate to a Building Information Model (BIM) environment for 7D project control, which represents the state of the art in asset management digitization energy sources, the company said.

Ainhoa ​​Arribas, software developer and civil engineer at Sener, explained that even with a profitability increase of just 1%, the software investment would be fully repaid.

Oruga is fully developed by the company’s digital solutions team and has received funding from the Basque government under the Hazitek 2020 Business R&D Support Program.

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Leon E. Hill