Determining the shading effect of surrounding structures or landscapes on solar panel arrays can be a challenging problem that is dependent on many parameters, including the time of year, the time of day, and the tilt, angle, and dimensions of the panels. A high-quality 3D computer model which analyzes and simulates the shading effect of environmental structures is useful to increase photovoltaic energy performance and lower energy costs from inappropriate panel inclinations and orientation.
3D solar shading analysis offers thermal management insight to determine design strategies for building materials, openings, thermal mass, and facade design, along with the other efficient avenues to harnessing the sun’s light and energy. Passive heat gain or heat reduction options can then be specified.
The output of a 3D solar shading analysis can be used to model different shading scenarios across a range of complex situations. Shadow visualization software applications can animate the cast shadows from surrounding objects as they would appear on the building structure throughout the day. This type of visualization is instrumental in solar collector placements and finding the best position to optimize photovoltaic potential. Industry standard mathematical models can enhance presentations by quantifying design decisions concerning site selection, system layouts, energy calculations, and economic analysis. Work with an outsourced engineering firm experienced in 3D CAD modeling and solar system design application that can guide your project throug a variety of analytical tools and visualization models that calculate or simulate sun and shadows