New software planning tool could streamline design processes

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K2 Systems has partnered with SolarEdge for integration and says that it is currently in negotiations with several other major manufacturers for its new system design software, K2+. pv magazine caught up with K2 Systems’ business development manager, Stefan Köhl, to discuss the new service.

Why did your company develop this new software?

We have supported our customers for many years with our software K2 Base in their planning process. Designing of the mounting system can be complicated and complex. With the online software K2 Base all customers can plan simplified and easily their projects all over the world. Within only five steps, including the mounting system and modules, they get a detailed project report including ballast- and load details and the static proof.

How does the software optimize the system design?

The new feature K2+ optimizes the designing process significantly, because the user avoids multiple entries and thus saves time – time that he can invest in the quality of his work.

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To and fro and back again. Planning a complete rooftop system in different software tools can be tiring. K2 has set out to simplify the design of PV projects with its new free software planning tool. Partnering with SolarEdge, the two companies are working collaboratively to support designers in bringing projects together from mounting system to final inverter grid connection. In the next pv magazine webinar, we will discuss the new digital tool with a demonstration that could ease your project planning.

What risks can be mitigated for designers with K2+?

One of the most error prone parts of planning is having to do it several times in different tools manually. By connecting the expert tools for mechanical and electrical planning K2+ ensures a smooth synchronization and gets rid of this manual process. With K2+ we make it possible for our users to save time by entering the data only once to spend more time on customer needs.

The planning software is available in 15 languages. How have you addressed the challenges for system designers in various global markets?

We have integrated the local building codes as well as the wind and snow loads step by step. The country-specific components have also been embedded for our assembly systems, ensuring that we can serve the global market.

The software includes both wind load and ballast calculations – How were these arrived at?

Base uses project specific parameter such as location and building dimensions to calculate wind loads and ballast according to building regulations such as the Eurocode or ASCE.

To learn more about the new K2 Systems planning software, attend the pv magazine webinar with the company and partner SolarEdge today, June 27, 2019 at 2PM.