Release date: 2019/01/14

We're very excited and happy to be introducing this new release. It has features that enable more customization on both the table placement and electrical part of the software. As the new release is quite a substantial one - we will try to condense this and mention only the main changes.

  • Frame height rework.

We've made changes to the way frames are placed on terrain allowing for better customization for frame distance to ground. This new addition to the software can be seen in the Frame & park settings under Frame height range. Essentially, you can now add deviations for the height of the frame, so instead of placing all frames at the input minimum distance from the ground, tables are now able to have a range in which their height can fluctuate. This addition will prove really useful for analyzing how allowed table heights influence the possibility of frame placement on trickier terrain.

A tutorial on handling this new height range approach can be found in our help center.

  • Custom stringing.

This was the #1 most requested feature and we're very proud to be delivering it on schedule. Custom stringing gives the user the ability to draw up your own strings on any specific frames that you select. This allows the user to create a stringing template, apply that to multiple frames from a PV area & then use these custom strings to place equipment & also generate DC cabling based on the starting and ending points of the strings.

Since this is a relatively new concept, we highly recommend that you take a look at our tutorial on how to use this new design feature and to see some tips & tricks as well.

  • Electrical device connections by strings.

With the previous versions of PVcase, we had only the ability to connect entire frames to electrical devices. Now, with this new release there is no longer any restriction to connecting strings from different frames into one device. This electrical device connection rework combined with custom stringing opens up new possibilities with how customizable the electrical design part of PVcase can get. 

Other developments:

  • Having the ability to move frames around or copy them by hand is something that we see as a crucial part of PVcase. Therefore, to prevent any miscalculations caused by doing so we've added an indication feature that will change the color of frames that were moved or copied and put them on a different layer. These frames will not come up in any PV area information calculations for total capacity or count until they are:

    a) Assigned to an area using the Reassign frames feature (for 2D)
    b) Adapted to terrain using Adapt to terrain feature (for 3D (terrain based)).

    For 2D generation this feature is optional and can be turned of in Layout generation settings.
  • Improved how the Electrical device window looks for greater understanding of the process.
  • Changed the way the row's shading limit angle is calculated for increased precision in table placement. With this the Generate SLA lines has also been tweaked and it is now easier to asses where there are pitch increases and why frames are placed in certain positions based on these placement reference lines.
  • Added tooltips and scroll-over information to certain buttons and inputs.
    So, if you ever feel lost on what a certain input or button does - just scroll over that field!
  • Layout information window size is now adjustable and parameters are easily copyable.
  • Export areas to DAE allows the user to only export certain areas and not the entire project. This does mean that shading objects are exported from the entire drawing.
  • Adapt to terrain is now changed to only require the selection of the entire row along with newly added frames. There is no need to specify anything else.
  • When generating electrical devices for an area, you are able to see the selected number of strings and devices. This enables you to keep track of how many strings you've selected and how many devices they represent.

Bug fixes and smaller additions:

  • Maximum inclination frames will now have no impact on row shading.
  • If a PV area is deleted - clicking on the refresh tab will remove it from the PV area information table.
  • Cross-sections can now be canceled mid-use when clicking ESC - previously ESC just continued the algorithm.
  • Changed the decimal point for meters when displaying information about generation in capacity iterations.
  • Optimized area capacity iteration area selection to only regenerate actual areas. This decreases the lag when selecting areas for iterations.
  • The placement algorithm will start off by checking the smaller half-frame when using full frames with an uneven number of modules.
  • Restriction area polylines that are picked up inside a PV area are now forcefully closed - reduces chance of placing tables in an offset zone.
  • Text changes to some UI buttons and inputs.
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