Solario is a fun and interactive software platform that allows you to understand the working principle of the solar power technology. It has interactive learning modules that show the basic theory behind solar panels. The user can also simulate its real function by: (1) Building your desired solar panel with user defined specifications, (2) Charge your solar panel under the sun with real variable parameters such as angle of the sun, cloud density, solar panel efficiency and charging time and (3) finally, used up the charged energy on a house with simulated loads of your choosing. In a way, the user can make a clear sense of how to plan his daily energy usage given the limited solar energy resources that his solar panel can offer.
After running the software, you will be prompted to choose between two options: LEARN or PLAN.
LEARN - it includes all the learning module of this software. It is composed of six modules, the modules are:
PLAN – allows you to design, charge and use your solar panels.
The solar panel will then charge at a rate depending on the charging time, solar panel efficiency, cloud density, charging time and battery capacity.
The software is powered by LabView development environment. So, in the future, it can be used to connect to the actual solar panels and other auxiliaries to allow machine-software interface and gives the user a more insightfully and precise functions.
The software may also be deployed as a web application or mobile application so that you can plan energy usage anytime, anywhere. It may also be developed to allow forecasting of the energy that you can harvest on a given day provided all the real-time parameters are present for a specific geographical area.
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Comparison of calculated energy usage:
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