World-wide overview of design and simulation tools for hybrid PV systems



International Energy Agency



Main Geographic Focus: 


RE&EE Category Taxonomy: 

  • Decentralized Photovoltaic Systems
  • Photovoltaic Power Plants Grid-Connected
  • Hybrid Systems
  • Mini-Grid Systems

File Tag: 

  • Technical Research



IEA PVPS Task 11
Photovoltaic Power Systems Program

Report IEA–PVPS T11-01:2011
This report concentrates on software design and simulation tools for PV hybrid systems. The tools are classified as to their capability and their application in the design process. A survey of existing software tools provides summary information on the availability, features, and application of commonly used tools. Ten representative software tools are reviewed in more detail. Guidelines and recommendations on the use of software tools for PV hybrid design are presented.
The technical report has been prepared under the supervision of PVPS Task 11 by:
Luis Arribas from Ciemat, Madrid, Spain, Georg Bopp and Matthias Vetter from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany, Anja Lippkau from Conergy AG, Hamburg, Germany and Konrad Mauch, Operating Agent, Gabriola Island, Canada.
The report expresses, as nearly as possible, the international consensus of opinion of the Task 11 experts on the subject dealt with. Further information on the activities and results of the Task, and the Task’s other published reports, can be found at: and

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