The first step is to model the building and the surrounding environment in 3D. Public data (satellite views, photos), plans or already established 3D models are used in this step. On the basis of this 3D modeling and with weather files from the nearest stations, we simulate the solar radiation received by the building envelope as well as the impact of shading. Folowing this step, we deduce the candidate building surfaces for the integration of our solutions.
Then, depending on the architectural design guidelines chosen for the project, we simulate our integrated solutions on the project to estimate the photovoltaic production potential. If the potential turns out to be interesting, the study becomes more refined by detailing the electrical architecture (strings, wiring, inverters, etc.) in order to precisely calculate the photovoltaic production of the installation.
Different tools are used for the simulations:
\ 3D modelling: Sketchup Pro, Rhino 3D, Lumion
\ Irradiance and photovoltaic: BIMsolar, PVSYST, DIVA