Narendra Modi the man behind India energy revolution by Trace Software International

Narendra Modi: the man behind the Indian energy revolution

In accordance with the Declaration of Paris during the International Solar Alliance of the 30th  November 2015, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, takes over the reins of the energy revolution in the country. The ambitious goal is to achieve the production of 100 GW of solar energy by 2022, out of a total of 175 GW that the country plans to produce from renewable sources.

The data speak clearly. The Indian market is not only flourishing. India is competing to become a leader in the solar market and overcome China and the US. There is no doubt for the head of the Indian government. The main aim is to make solar energy one of the main sources of energy production in the near future.

According to IHS Markit, with 11 GW, India is destined to become the second largest solar photovoltaic market in 2018, usurping the United States. The global demand reaches 113 GW this year and according to the same forecast,  the fourth quarter will be the largest in the history for the installations, with 34 GW expected.

2017 was also a fairly important year for the photovoltaic industry with an addition of 5525.98 MW in terms of photovoltaic energy production capacity.

This is a result of the government chaired by Narendra Modi, which shows that not only is there a moral compromise with what was promised at the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015, but real efforts to ensure a green future to the country.

In fact, the country’s commitments have also been renewed at the first summit of the International Solar Alliance held in New Delhi in March 2018. The event brings together 121 countries engaged in the debate for the promotion and exchange of technologies for solar energy production.

India is accelerating the development of projects in the renewable energy sector, to provide affordable, reliable and clean energy to its 1.3 billion people. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) stated that the country generated 12,973.6 kWh from solar power, in the financial year 2017-2018.

To achieve this, a series of strategic actions have been lately adopted: incentives based on energy generation, capital and interest subsidies, subsidized loans and tax incentives, regulations regarding the quality of the installations.

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More in details:

– The government has issued guidelines for the supply of solar and wind energy through competitive auctions and has extended the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) until 2018-19, also notifying the standards for the implementation of the plants PV.
The Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order was issued in September 2017. It is a regulation that sets the minimum standards to guarantee the quality of photovoltaic instruments in the Indian market, including the aspects of manufacturing, storage, sales, distribution.
– To encourage domestic production, the MNRE provides a series of incentives that also include national aid for the production of the solar system.


These are the necessary measures to reach the ambitious goal of 175 GW, set by 2022. Poor quality of installations may pose serious challenges in the future. For example, improperly sized glands can allow water in or a broken cable could melt the roof, not to talk about the system performance degradation issues.

Trace Software International can help with the management of the entire photovoltaic installation thanks to the archelios™ suite. This software solution enables feasibility study, bankability, 3D design, to the compliance and calculation notes, right up to the operation and maintenance management.


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The success factors in the booming solar market by Trace Software International

The success factors in the booming solar market

The solar market is booming at a pace never seen before. We have entered a new era, with record growth figures. According to the latest report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) it is expected that the photovoltaic sector will drive the renewable energy market in the coming years, beating the hydroelectric and wind sector. Solar energy is increasingly in direct competition with fossil fuels. A photovoltaic (PV) deployment of 110 gigawatts (GW) is expected in 2018.

Which are the contributing factors to the industry’s success?

The expansion of renewable energy, such as solar energy, is a key element in improving air quality and the sustainability of the mix of our energy sources. With more attention to alternative and renewable energies, there are many interesting investment opportunities. In 2017, the global investment in renewable energy grew by 2% compared to the previous year, reaching 279.8 billion dollars. It is the solar energy sector that attracts most of the investments with a total of 161 billion dollars in 2016 and a growth rate of 18% in the same year. (UN Environment, Bloomberg New Energy Finance).
“The extraordinary surge in solar investment, around the world, shows how much can be achieved when we commit to growth without harming the environment,” said Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim.

The decline of the price of photovoltaics has certainly played a key role in empowering the global demand. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that by 2020 the price of energy production in large solar power plants could fall to around three US cents per kWh in many regions of the world. Photovoltaic becomes therefore accessible and attractive. In 2017, costs continued to fall for solar, in particular. The benchmark levelized cost of electricity for a utility-scale photovoltaic project dropped to $86 per megawatt-hour, down 15% on a year earlier and 72% since 2009. Some of this was due to a fall in capital costs, some to improvements in efficiency according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 Report. 

The proliferation of solar contracts invites to reflect on the policies of renewable sources. The increased competition has pushed governments to reduce prices, however public incentives are undoubtedly less important than before. The trend is clear, the expansion of the sector will be driven by solar tenders. According to the GTM Research, there are already 53 national markets in which there is currently a call for tenders or an auction program, compared to 32 in the second half of 2016. In addition, there are 29 other national markets where a project has been discussed or planned. Furthermore, power purchase agreements, tenant power, and sector coupling are generating new business models.

Solar photovoltaics are not anymore a thing of the future. Technical advances are undoubtedly a main driver of the solar market developmentfueled by the dynamic and competitive PV production. Main actors are driving the mass production with cost-effective technology and efficient manufacturing processes

The archelios™ suite is the state -of- the- art photovoltaic software solution to manage the entirety of a photovoltaic project. It is the unique tool in the market which allows the solar professionals to increase the performance of the project with the utmost precision. From the feasibility study, bankability, 3D design, to the compliance and calculation notes, right up to the operation and maintenance management, archelios™ suite sharpen your competitive position in the booming market of photovoltaics.

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Why should you install solar panels? by Trace Software International

Why should you install a photovoltaic solar system?

Solar energy offers a clean, climate-friendly energy resource that is abundant and inexhaustible for humanity. Solar energy is the energy associated with solar radiation and it is the primary source of energy on Earth. Solar energy is what reaches the Earth in the form of electromagnetic radiation from the Sun, where it is generated by a process of natural nuclear fusion that can reach 15 million degrees centigrade.
The sun has produced energy for billions of years. This energy travels to the earth in the form of rays. The sun’s rays transmit two main forms of energy:
light energy, in the form of photons, which can be converted into electrical energy using certain materials that release electrons in a natural way when exposed to light. This phenomenon, known as “photovoltaic effect”, is the basis of all solar energy systems.
thermal energy, or heat, which we have always used to heat our homes and greenhouses, for example.

How does the transformation of solar energy into photovoltaic energy happen?

The term photovoltaic derives from the “phos“, which means light and “Volt” from the name of the Italian scientist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the pile. The sun is a form of clean and renewable energy, which is converted into electricity without any combustion process.
Solar panels are predominantly made of materials that are known to have the property of naturally converting sunlight into electrical energy.
These materials are known as semiconductors. The production of electricity using the sun is obtained thanks to the reverse photoelectric effect of the junction, which manifests itself in the semiconductor.
When sunlight hits these semiconductors, they release free electrons to move, which are channeled through the device and produce an electric current.

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Why then install a photovoltaic solar system?

The decision to self-produce clean electricity through solar irradiation has over time become an option not only convenient and responsible, but increasingly economical and intelligent.
The photovoltaic installations, in fact, concurrently allow the cutting of energy costs, energy self-sufficiency and a lower impact of the variations linked to the individual tariffs of energy distributors. The convenience of a photovoltaic solar system depends, in any case, on several factors including geographic positioning, compatibility with local conditions such as local temperature and inclination of photovoltaic modules or incentives policies.
Installing a photovoltaic solar system today can represent a way to avoid the insecurity of the fluctuations in energy prices. The primary energy source, the sun, has no supply costs and is available to an almost infinite extent.
With a 30% rate of growth expected in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and France, the PV market in Europe is blooming. The causes are not to be found in incentive policies but rather in lowering costs and technological innovations.

The archelios™ suite is the Trace Software International software solution to conceive the entire photovoltaic installation. This cutting-edge software provides solar professionals with innovative and powerful features to improve the performance of their photovoltaic project as it permits to work on common data and at the utmost accuracy. From feasibility study, 3D simulation, electrical sizing to PV monitoring, this is a comprehensive software solution.


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5 reasons why archelios O&M deserves a closer look by Trace Software International

5 Reasons why archelios™ O&M deserves a closer look

archelios™ O&M is the monitoring software for PV installations. It brings all the benefits of a PVBIM mock-up design to advance photovoltaic Operation and Maintenance.  PVBIM is the Building Information Modelling (BIM) concept applied to Photovoltaics. 

Here are 5 reasons why archelios™ O&M deserves a closer look.


·  3D mock-ups along with physical and electrical characteristics.

·  Collaboration with BIM&CO, the newest collaborative platform where all digital modeling players can create, publish, contribute and use BIM objects – PV modules mock-ups are stored in BIM&CO.

– Allow saving significant time editing and avoid errors.

· Easy-to-use 2D/3D Viewer/editor providing exceptional interactivity.

· No need for any re-entering or recapturing data, changes are propagated as necessary.


The growth of the PV industry depends on a strong relationship between software and engineering innovations that go together, that´s why we constantly drive forward software solutions for industry.


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Cutting-edge photovoltaic solutions

Cutting-edge Photovoltaic Solutions

The Energy Industry is facing serious challenges ahead as the global economy is set to grow four-fold by 2050, more in developing countries such as India and China.

Electrical Energy systems worldwide are changing. There is global demand for new, more cleaner ways of producing electricity and our dependence on it, is increasing and, as environmental concerns become more pressing, so does the focus on the reduction or elimination of greenhouse gas emissions.

While this promises great economic benefits to the standards of living for many people, it also means a huge increase in the use of efficient energy systems and how they are designed to meet the rigorous rules and regulations required.

The fact that Photovoltaics (PV) systems can deliver energy on a large scale at competitive prices means that the industry will grow as economies, countries and technologies develop. As strict regulations continue to change and evolve the industry, the reduction of manufacturing costs and the rate of the design cycle-time increases. New software technologies need to evolve to new heights while remaining safe and reliable – meeting customer demands. To guarantee efficient energy design calculation, quality and safety, Trace Software International is continually improving its current software and innovating new solutions, to meet growing global demands.

archelios cutting edge photovoltaic solar energy PV software

Meeting national and international project design standards is now a key requirement for all companies who are involved within the energy sector, among other essential factors such as energy savings and installation efficiency all in its lifetime.

All these factors are vital within the sector of energy production, energy transformation or energy distribution.

The growth of the energy industry depends on a strong relationship between science and engineering innovations, a vibrant financing and manufacturing sector, and cycles of policy design and advancement, go hand-in-hand, and that is where Trace Software produces cutting edge solutions to meet these growing demands.

Our product solutions enable designers in emerging energy fields to quickly experiment with new and different ideas, speed up initial prototyping, and simulate various environmental conditions to verify new approaches.

Our photovoltaic design solutions for the energy industry meet the needs of our clients:

· archelios™ – Software for PV photovoltaic installations.

· archelios™ suite – a unique solution to manage the entirety of a photovoltaic project.

· archelios™ Pro – allows PV professionals to design, edit, compare and share unlimited projects with the utmost precision and confidence, from rooftop to huge ground mounted.

· archelios™ Calc – takes into account any kind of PV installation in its totality: from the photovoltaic panels to the inverter and from the inverter to the network.

· archelios™ O&M – bringing all the benefits of PVBIM mock-up to advanced PV monitoring. The accurate modeling, combined with sensors or satellite data, provides a precise computation of expected production.



A wide range of PV systems are available worldwide. Globally, there are hundreds of companies involved in the manufacturing of PV modules with varying efficiencies and limitations. At the same time, installation costs differ from system to system and from project to project. The PVs in terms of materials and module efficiency, the global PV status and the driving policies, research and development (R&D) activities and funding sources as well as the potential of electricity generation.

The design process for photovoltaic systems has, for the most part, transitioned from a simple electrical equation to a complicated three-dimensional architectural, solar and financial analysis.

Solar PV technology is one of the renewable technologies which has one of the greatest potentials for clean, reliable, scalable and affordable electricity systems for the future and change the way society consumes energy.

PV Trends 2017 TSI

Green Dream: The Photovoltaic Market in 2017

BARCELONA (March 1, 2017) – [ANALYSIS] Breaking all the records, 2016 became the hottest year in modern temperature monitoring according to NASA. Such alarming observation needs to be taken very seriously.

Our Environment at Risk

According to Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, “90% of the warning signal in 2016 was due to rising greenhouse gas emissions.” And for him, the upcoming year shouldn’t be any different.

Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index in Celsius

Global Land-Ocean Temperature Index in Celsius

Source: Harvey F., “2016 locked into being hottest year on record, Nasa says,” October 18, 2016 in The Guardian.

Changing our habits and the way we consume is crucial in order to save our planet. Sustainability is key to the preservation of our fragile ecosystem during the next decades. According to the Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development (1992), sustainability is defined as the “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Maintaining our consumption level of fossil energies is not an option anymore. In order to maintain our standards of living while protecting the environment, alternative forms of energy – more responsible and eco-friendly – are needed. Green energies have been developed in order to meet these needs.

A New Era for the World

According to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar power – energy from the sun converted into thermal or electrical energy – is now one of the cheapest form of new electricity on the market. Multiple countries are investing more and more in this form of energy.

Until 2013, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom leaded the way as the biggest producers and consumers of solar power. However since then China has overtaken these countries, becoming the country with the highest number of installations at 44GW in the world. The United States and Japan are also expanding their investments and will probably distance Germany in the near future. Latin America is also getting more and more involved in the global development of the solar energy market. Brazil, Chile and Mexico are set to install accumulative 26GW by 2021.

Soon, developing countries will supposedly become the biggest producers and consumers of solar energy, leaving Europe and the U.S. behind. Evaluated $108.3 billion in 2014, the global photovoltaic solar market is expected to reach around $148.5 billion by 2020 according to Zion Research in its report “Solar Photovoltaic Market for Residential, Non Residential and Utility Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2014-2020.”

Regional Share of PV Demand, 2015-2021E

Regional Share of PV Demand, 2015-2021E

Source: GTM Research, A Wood Mackenzie Global Solar Demand Monitor Q2 2016

The solar energy market is growing exponentially: civilians, governments and companies are now considering seriously this alternative.

Cheap and ecofriendly, solar power is now the best solution to help us reduce our foot carbon print and limit global warming.

According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, photovoltaic is defined as “the direct conversion of light into electricity.” Thus a photovoltaic system is defined as “a complete set of components for converting sunlight into electricity by the photovoltaic process, including the array and balance of system components.” Nevertheless such photovoltaic installations need to be well managed in order to maximize their efficiency. Keeping this major priority in mind, Trace Software International have created the photovoltaic software archelios™.

archelios™ Suite by Trace Software International

archelios™ Suite is a unique software solution that helps engineers, installers, consultants and investors work on the entirety of a photovoltaic project; from the feasibility study to the complete generation of the calculation notes and documentation that are needed for the implementation of such type of projects.

archelios Suite

archelios™ Suite is made of two major applications:

archelios™ Pro is an online application aimed at creating the complete design and feasibility study of any type of photovoltaic installations based on a 3D simulation and thanks to an updated worldwide database (from solar panels and inverters to meteorological stations), horizon masks, custom or manual string wiring and the most precise yield calculation (according to Photon Labs and the IJEEE). It allows the user to export his projects as a complete PDF report to MS Excel, AutoCAD and to archelios™ Calc.

archelios™ Calc is a complete calculation tool created to size photovoltaic installations that are connected to the grid according to the norms NF C15-712-1 Edition 2010-07 and 2013-07; IEC 2015-04 Edition. It is a professional tool specifically developed for photovoltaic installers, providing detailed one-line diagrams of the whole installation; DC and AC Electrical sizing; single and multiple inverters; visual signalisation; graphical indicators of compliance…

From May 30th until June 2nd, Intersolar Europe will take place in Munich (Germany). World’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar will bring together 150 speakers, 1,200 exhibitors and over 40,000 visitors. Strongly involved in the preservation of the environment, the Solar Division of Trace Software International will take part to this major event and will launch archelios™ O&M, its new software for operation and maintenance of new and existing photovoltaic installations.

Solar power and photovoltaic systems are our future. It’s time for action: together let’s make the planet a better place for the next generations.

new release archelios pro 15.2

New version Archelios Pro 15.2 for more flexible and precise sizing

The new version of Archelios Pro is now available online, from 24th September 2015. This release presents many changes so as to achieve a more accurate and flexible sizing. This version Archelios pro 15.2 thus meets the expectations of users looking for full control of their projects’ release archelios pro 15.2

This Archelios pro 15.2 version includes significant improvements related to the SketchUp plugin as well as new information provided for the sizing of inverters:

Through the plugin SketchUp, the user can adjust its simulation parameters to adjust very precisely the sizing of the modules or the inverters. A new “manual configuration” wizard embedded in the SketchUp plugin allows the user to choose directly a given configuration (the inverter reference, the number of inverters, the number of strings, the number of modules by string). This is particularly useful for modeling projects which have been configured externally, for instance on the sizing tools provided by inverters’ manufacturers.

A new tool of the SketchUp plugin displays information on the calculated solar potential (irradiation) for each module in kWh per m2 per year.

The sizing visual wizards now displays numeric values. These more specific information aim at helping the users in their design process. The new apparent indicators of validity are as follows: the open circuit voltage, the voltage at the maximum power point, the short circuit current and the Inverter Rated Power over Array Peak Power  (uoc, umpp, isc, Pinv/Peak ratio).

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