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Polysun - Release Notes

See what changes and updates were released in the different Polysun verisons:

 

Polysun 10          
Version 10.0          
Polysun 9          
Version 9.0 Version 9.1  Version 9.2      
Polysun 8          
Version 8.2 Version 8.1 Version 8.0      
Polysun 7          
Version 7.2 Version 7.1 Version 7.0      
Polysun 6          
Version 6.3 Version 6.2 Version 6.1 Version 6.0    
Polysun 5          
Version 5.10.13 Version 5.10 Version 5.9 Version 5.8 Version 5.7 Version 5.6
Version 5.5          

Release Polysun 10.0 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • New component: electric vehicles (car, bicycle etc.) with dialogue window for driving profiles
  • Advanced result analysis and new templates for integrated energy systems
  • Plug-in controller for the optimization of controlling strategies (Matlab, Python, Java)
  • New component: cooling water recooler for heat pump systems
  • Interface with the thermohydraulic dimensioning tool THD
  • New catalogues and database updates

 

Release Polysun 9.2 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • Hydronic templates for process heat applications
  • Wide-ranging enhancements and examples for anergy grids
  • Import of hourly values for heating and cooling energy demand
  • Import of building load data according to SIA/EnEV (for example using the tools Lesosai, ZUB Helena, etc.)
  • New selection of battery storage devices in the Wizard
  • Forecast-based operating strategy for PV storage systems
  • New catalogues and database updates

 

Release Polysun 9.1 – Overview of new features

New Features

 

Profitability Calculation:

  • Cost and economic lifetime of components taken into account
  • High and low tariffs considered
  • Dynamic power profiles can be fed in
  • Instant calculation of results
  • Combination of electric and thermal systems possible
  • Automatic calculation of the net present value, the time of amortization and the absolute profit as well as other key figures
  • Presentation of results possible in a short or a professional report
  • Supports all current office software formats
  • Country-specific subsidies such as EEG (Germany) and KEV (Switzerland) are considered

 

New catalogues and database updates

  • 145 new photovoltaic modules (from all over the world)
  • 454 new inverters
  • 99 solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF database
  • 45 new tanks and 89 new heat pumps

 

Release Polysun 9.0 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • Catalogs for batteries, PV modules and inverters are retrieved from the Cloud and are updated just-in-time
  • Controller optimizing with detailed, graphic analysis
  • Cooling energy demand can be entered into the building model
  • eTank – new simulation model for geothermal storage tanks
  • New systems for cross-sector use of energy (e-Mobility, Power to Heat, etc.),
  • User manual completely revised and updated
  • Improved performance and better graphic user interface

 

New catalogues and database updates

  • 478 new photovoltaic modules (from all over the world)
  • 105 new inverters
  • 224 solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF database
  • 21 new tanks and 37 new heat pumps

 

Polysun 8.2 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • Automatic sensitivity studies and multiple simulations
  • New templates allowing for easier comparisons between conventional and renewable energy systems
  • Simulation of bifacial modules
  • New catalogues and database updates

Release Polysun 8.1 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • New templates for solar house systems
  • Power-to-Heat templates
  • Hybrid collector templates
  • Storage of user-created templates on Designer
  • Street lighting templates (off-grid systems)
  • New assortment of standard schemes  
  • Password function for components
  • DC networks
  • Consumption profiles for heat pumps  
  • Revised pool model 
  • Revised building model   

New catalogues and database updates

  • 137,036 PV modules (69,638 current and 67,398 historical modules)
  • 1,283 inverters
  • 5 new batteries
  • 175 new solar thermal collectors (Solar Keymark)
  • 23 new heat pumps
  • New templates for Viessmann, Solvis, Thermic Energy, Solarbayer and many others

Release Polysun 8.0 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • Expanded battery catalogue including lithium-ion batteries
  • Power failures (blackouts): simulation of power failures enabled
  • Input of power price profiles
  • Input of power source profiles (wind power, hydropower)
  • PV design wizard completely overhauled
  • Taking into account and output of derating losses
  • Energy label: energy label issuance according to ErP directives
  • Weather data from the latest Meteonorm 7 Webservice
  • Performance and GUI improvements

New catalogue and database updates

  • 282 inverters
  • 396 batteries
  • 6 PVT-modules
  • 332 solar thermal collectors (Solar Keymark)
  • New templates and database entries for Vaillant, Rotex, Saunier Duval, etc.

Release Polysun 7.2 – Overview of new features

New features

  • Simulation results in down-to-the-second resolution (Designer)
  • Parameter variation (Designer)
  • Ice storage tanks (Professional)
  • Co-generators (Professional)
  • 48 new hydraulic schemes (Professional)
  • Input of own weather data (Professional)
  • Input of own consumption profiles (Professional)
  • Batteries (Professional)
  • Micro-inverter dimensioning (Professional)
  • New report languages: Dutch, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Japanese, Czech, Croatian
  • Various improvements

New catalogue and database updates

  • 146 new PV modules
  • 167 solar thermal collectors
  • new tanks and new heat pumps
  • New DWD weather data for 2035 (test reference years)

Release Polysun 7.1 – Overview of new features

New features

  • Polysun building model expanded with the possibility to simulate several buildings in one system
  • Energy label: calculation and generation of energy labels for heating systems
  • Improved inverter dimensioning
  • Improved management of consumption profiles
  • Added possibility to enter energy production profiles (e.g. wind or hydro-power)
  • Simulation of exhaust air heat pumps
  • New system templates and expansion for process and district heating applications according to IEA Task 49
  • New ice-storage system templates
  • Various improvements

New catalogue and database updates

  • 52 new PV modules
  • 16 new inverters
  • 170 solar thermal collectors
  • New catalogue and database additions for Tisun, Vaillant, Saunier Duval, Walter Meier, Soltop, Elcotherm, Vokera, Beretta, Bosch, Fototherm, PAID and many others.

Schemes and company-specific entries

  • Vaillant company-specific hydraulic templates
  • Saunier Duval company-specific hydraulic templates
  • Tisun company-specific hydraulic templates
  • Walter Meier company-specific hydraulic templates
  • Soltop company-specific hydraulic templates

Release Polysun 7.0 – Overview of new features

New features

  • Inverter technology for power-controlled heat pumps
  • Cogenerators and combined heat and power
  • Off-grid PV systems with generators
  • Micro-inverters
  • Ice storage tanks
  • Development of the Arabic version of the software

New catalogue and database updates

  • 1200 new PV modules (worldwide)
  • 580 new inverters (worldwide)
  • 144 solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF databases (Europe)
  • New catalogue and database entries for Siko Solar, Schweizer Metallbau, Hoval, Vaillant, Saunier Duval, Sirch Tankbau, Beretta etc.

Schemes and company entries

  • Multivalent systems
  • SMA Solar Technology AG templates
  • Eturnity templates
  • Siko Solar compact systems

Release Polysun 6.3 – Overview of new features

New catalogue and database updates

  • 69 new PV modules (Photon, worldwide)
  • 23 new inverters (Photon, worldwide)
  • 142 Solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF databases (Europe)
  • Various improvements and corrections

Release Polysun 6.2 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • Consumption profiles in 15-minute time-steps
  • Roof layout: improved user-friendliness, e.g. thanks to the display of roof coordinates and the integration into the design wizard
  • Two-stage heat pumps
  • New simulation model for cogenerators
  • Photovoltaic off-grid systems
  • Expansion of the battery component (battery charge controller, battery life)
  • Input of monthly consumption figures for space heating purposes
  • New language: Arabic

New catalogue and database updates

  • 1741 new PV modules (worldwide)
  • 154 new inverters (worldwide)
  • 284 Solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF databases (Europe)
  • New catalogue and database additions for Siko Solar, Schweizer Metallbau, Hoval, Vaillant, Saunier Duval, Sirch Tankbau, etc.

Schemes and company entries

  • Siko Solar: Kombibox and T-Station
  • Saunier Duval hydraulic schemes
  • Hoval hydraulic schemes

Release Polysun 6.1 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • Undo function (Polysun Designer)
  • Electrical loads (new components, consumption profiles or consumption may be determined through simulation)
  • Module layout: flat roof, vertical installation

New catalogue and database updates

  • New PV modules (worldwide)
  • New inverters (worldwide)
  • Solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF databases (Europe)
  • Kingspan, Hoval, Vaillant, Dr. Vetter, Energie Solaire, Thermosolar, Solarbayer

Company templates and components

  • Solarbayer hydraulic templates
  • Vaillant hydraulic templates
  • Further Swedish standard hydraulic templates
  • Air/water heat pump templates for solar thermal module

Release Polysun 6.0 – Overview of new features

New Features

  • PV rooftop planner
  • Batteries for PV self-consumption optimization
  • Expansion vessel for solar loop
  • Simulation analysis on time step level
  • Heat pumps: input of freely-definable reference points
  • Freely positionable text labels
  • Freely programmable controllers

New catalogue and database updates

  • 2037 new PV modules (worldwide)
  • 244 new inverters (worldwide)
  • 241 solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF databases (Europe)
  • Battery catalogue
  • Templates for heat pump systems
  • Solcrafte
  • Several new collectors (Absolicon, SET, SRCC concentrating collectors, etc.)
  • Revision of ethylen mixtures

Schemes and company entries

  • Sonnenkraft
  • Solcrafte
  • Solar Cooling
  • Schweizer Metallbau
  • Revised swimming pool templates
  • Several new templates (solar cooling, latent heat storage, etc.)

Other improvements

  • Chapter “Financial Analysis“ added to the manual
  • New “Look & feel“
  • SIA Report

Polysun Update 5.10.13 – Overview of new features

New catalogue and database updates

  • 12 new inverters inverters (worldwide)
  • 142 new PV modules (worldwide)
  • 370 solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF databases (Europe)
  • 57 SRCC OG 100 certified solar thermal collectors (North America)
  • 13 new heat pumps (worldwide)
  • New solar loop fluids
  • Ritter-Solar schemes

New schemes and company entries

  • Solcrafte: new special report
  • Ecotech: company version – specially tailored for the Austrian market
  • Hoval: 3 new hydraulic schemes
  • Ernst Schweizer: improved result display, especially as regards solar energy results
  • Walter Meier: new hydraulic schemes

Release Polysun 5.10 – Overview of new features

New features

  • Bookmark feature: favorite products in the Polysun catalogs can be marked as such with the star icon. This way, they are always displayed as first choice.
  • Easier quick start to simulation: the software automatically selects the last used variant.
  • The user wizard features a new design wizard for ground-source loops, improved access to weather data as well as a wide range of other features that make Polysun easier to use.

New catalogue and database updates

  • 141 new PV modules (worldwide)
  • 714 new inverters (worldwide)
  • 368 solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark and SPF databases (Europe)
  • 56 SRCC OG 100 certified solar thermal collectors (North America)

New schemes and company entries

  • Sonnenkraft thermosiphon systems
  • Walter Meier hydraulic schemes
  • Huggler Energietechnik tanks
  • PVT collectors for PA-ID PROCESS GmbH
  • Additional Hoval hydraulic schemes

New developments for Polysun Photovoltaics

  • The PV design wizard was revised to display more and more reliable inverter layouts. The wizard was also made more stable and warning messages were revised.

New developments for Polysun Solar Thermal

  • Swimming pools are now taken into account for suggestions made by the wizard for optimal collector design. The software can now suggest the optimal design of systems including hot water, space heating and swimming pools.
  • Chinese collectors are now calculated based on aperture area.
  • The American collector model was integrated with a state-of-the-art correction factor that is applied when the collector operates at lower flow-rates than in tests.

New developments for Polysun Heat Pumps

  • A new design wizard assists the user in the optimal dimensioning of ground-source loop fields.
  • The distance between several boreholes can now be entered directly on the user interface.
  • Possibility to define the depth of each single soil layer.

Other improvements

  • Building models were revised to adjust them to Mediterranean climate conditions.
  • Measuring unit rectified for building load input.
  • In Polysun Solar Cooling, the wet recooler was revised.

Release Polysun 5.9

New catalog and database updates (for the Professional version and above)

  • The PV module database from Photon was updated to the latest version
  • New inverters from the Photon database (worldwide)
  • Solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark database (Europe)
  • Solar thermal collectors from the SPF database (Europe)
  • SRCC OG 100 certified solar thermal collectors (North America)
  • Bosch USA heat pumps
  • Stiebel Eltron tanks

New developments for Polysun solar thermal and heat pumps

  • The gross heat gain table for all Solar Key Mark certified flat-plate collectors shows heat gains at different fixed medium temperatures.
  • For the financial analysis, the feed-in tariff is now also available for solar thermal energy.
  • User manual: the “Controller“ chapter was revised, a new chapter 6, “Tips and Tricks to work with Designer“, was added; economic viability was updated (UK renewable heat incentive)

New developments for Polysun Photovoltaics

  • More suggestions for inverter setup in PV fields with a low number of modules
  • Only single, two or three-phase inverters are suggested according to PV field output. This feature can be switched on and off in the settings.
  • A new column for the galvanic separation in the model catalogue
  • Better default module temperatures in the wizard with American units
  • Improved Polysun PV reports: certain diagrams only appear when actually needed; for example, Etot was removed from all reports.
  • Photovoltaics Reactive Power: as a new feature, the power ratio calculation in the wizard also takes into account the reactive power. This enables to define the cos phi value. Reactive and apparent power are shown in both results and reports.

Other improvements

  • The Updater dialog box allows now to directly close Polysun and start the Updater in case an update is available. A new menu item (“Check for software updates“) was added to the menu “Options”.
  • The Online Maps feature now also works through a proxy server.
  • Many of the upper limits were increased to allow for the calculation of larger systems, i.e. the increase of the loop volume value allows larger swimming-pools to be calculated.

Polysun 5.8 Release – Overview of new features

New developments for all Polysun versions

  • Impeccable Polysun reports are provided in a variety of formats (PDF, Word, Power Point, Excel, HTML).
  • An ENEV report now provides results in a format that conforms to German standards.

New developments for Polysun Photovoltaics

  • A new shading editor allows users to account for row-to-row shading as well as shading caused by nearby objects in the easiest possible way.
  • The amount of electricity used for self-consumption can now be recorded as an annual value (sum of all counter readings) or as an annual profile.

New developments for Polysun Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps

  • Visualization of controller connections: both the location of sensors (in blue) and the controlled element (in red) are displayed.
  • The collector model for unglazed absorbers has been expanded so that energy may be also generated if the collector temperature is lower than the ambient temperature.
  • The concentrating collector model has been expanded and integrated with a number of collectors. Newly listed items include Solarbeam, a two-axis tracking parabolic collector manufactured by Solartron and NEP PolyTrough 1200, a parabolic trough collector.

New catalogue and database updates (for the Professional version and above)

  • 7600 PV modules from the Photon database (worldwide)
  • 600 inverters from the Photon database (worldwide)
  • 200 solar thermal collectors (SRCC OG 100 certified) (North America)
  • 2 concentrating collectors (tested under the SRCC 600 standard) (worldwide)
  • 6 SunMaxx water tanks (USA)
  • 4 A.O. Smith water tanks (USA)
  • 3 Lochinvar water tanks (USA)
  • 10 Rheem water tanks (USA)
  • 3 Northern Lights Solar Solutions water tanks (Canada)
  • Solar Building Company from UK with 18 PV modules and 18 Samil Power inverters (UK)
  • 20 Bosch water tanks (Brazil)
  • 200 solar thermal collectors from the Solar Keymark database (Europe)
  • 100 solar thermal collectors from the SPF database (Europe)
  • 22 Stiebel Eltron heat pumps and 22 water tanks (Germany)
  • 16 Sailer multi-layered water tanks (Germany)

New hydraulic and photovoltaic schemes

  • 5 SunMaxx solar thermal hot water schemes (USA)
  • 4 UMA solar thermal hot water schemes (USA)
  • 20 Bosch solar thermal hot water schemes (Brazil)
  • 3 Solar Building Company PV schemes (UK)
  • 13 Northern Lights Solar Solutions solar thermal schemes (Canada)
  • 3 Solcrafte solar thermal hot water schemes (worldwide)
  • 14 Rotex solar thermal and heat pump schemes (Germany)
  • 3 Sailer solar thermal multi-layered storage tank schemes (Germany)
  • 13 Apsilone solar thermal and heat pump schemes (France)
  • 1 Polysun space heating scheme with ground-source loop regeneration
  • 1 ground-source loop with load profile
  • 1 typical reference system for existing hot water and space heating without solar *2 Spanish solar thermal multi-tank hydraulic systems
  • 3 unpressurized Chinese solar thermal hydraulic systems

Other improvements

  • Standard pumps in Polysun have been replaced with optimized eco-pumps.
  • Polysun Installer, Uninstaller and Updater always require new compulsory Administrator rights with Windows 7
  • Decimal digits for economic viability extended to 3 decimal places

New Features in Polysun 5.7

New Developments

  • Polysun Customized company version for “Northern Lights Cedar Tubs”, based in Canada
  • Polysun Customized for “The Solar Building Company”, a PV distributor based in the UK
  • Polysun Online for Soltop, a Swiss based manufacturer of solar thermal and PV systems
  • Polysun Customized company version for Ernst Schweizer, a Swiss based manufacturer and exporter of solar thermal systems.

Database Updates

  • Photon PV module- & inverter-database update
  • SRCC, SPF, Solar Keymark collector database update
  • Vaillant solar thermal storage tanks
  • Solarzentrum Allgäu has implemented their new hybrid PVT-modules. It is now possible to compare the difference between their water-cooled hybrid modules and regular PV-modules.

Scheme Templates

  • Following companies have implemented their hydraulic schemes:
    • Rotex (German manufacturer )
    • Apsilone (France)
    • Solcrafte (Austria / International)
    • Tobler Haustechnik (Switzerland)
    • Ernst Schweizer (Swiss based exporter)
  • New hydraulic schematics for hybrid systems, combining heat pumps, ground loops and solar thermal technology.

Improvements

  • Boiler, furnace, and heat pump size recommendation in wizard.
  • Online map interface for the selection of the climatic data shows less error warnings.

 

New Features in Polysun 5.6

New developments

  • Polysun Online for Helvetic-Energy (former Conergy Switzerland)
  • A special Rheinzink report is now available in Results-Special Reports
  • PVT collector database for SRCC certified collectors


Database Updates

  • Photon PV Module and Inverter database update
  • SRCC and SPF collector database update
  • Buchs heat pump database update
  • New Large solar storage tanks (Jenni)


Scheme templates

  • New system diagram templates for Hoval, Soltop, 40 SunEarth Inc. schemes for the US market
  • 10 typical solar-thermal space heating assisted templates for North America
  • 10 new solar templates in general
  • 6 new schemes for commercial solar-thermal systems for California CSI


Improvements

  • Improved collector and boiler size recommendations in Wizard
  • Cold water temperature can be automatically defined with the aid of weather data or adjusted manually.
  • Pump flow-rate adjusts automatically to the available controller settings.
  • The nominal hot water flow-rate adjusts automatically to the consumption rate.
  • Improved choice of water tank in Wizard

 

New Features in Polysun 5.5

User interface
  • Both the graphics and the content of the Polysun design wizard have been completely overhauled.
  • Polysun system diagrams are now offered also in an online version for companies.


New developments

  • Thermal and PV-thermal hybrid concentrating-collector models
  • The PV-inverter design wizard suggests up to three models per field.
  • Seasonal performance factor according to VDI4650 and dynamically simulated


Database Updates

  • All collectors included in the Solar Keymark collector database can be simulated (about 1000 new items)
  • Photon PV Module and Inverter database update
  • SRCC and SPF collector database update
  • Buchs heat pump database update
  • Solimpeks PVT hybrid collectors


Scheme templates

  • 3 SolarH2OT schemes for the US market
  • 22 typical solar-thermal hydraulic schemes for the Swiss market
  • 3 solar-thermal schemes for the Austrian market
  • 1 Ratiotherm Oskar scheme with a variety of tanks
  • Around 10 new schemes for large solar-thermal and hybrid systems (combination of solar thermal energy with geothermal ground-source loops and heat pumps)

Improvements
  • Cold water temperature can be automatically defined with the aid of weather data or adjusted manually.
  • Pump flow-rate adjusts automatically to the available controller settings.
  • The nominal hot water flow-rate adjusts automatically to the consumption rate.
  • The energy flow diagram is now available also for heat sinks.
  • COP-curves for heat pumps and solar chillers were further improved using a new three-dimensional interpolation model.