pvDesign meets the Chinese market

pvDesign now offers Chinese electrical standards support as well as a Chinese language interface and version of all the engineering documentation generated by the software.

Gonzalo de Blas

24 May, 21 / UPDATED 25 May, 21

Over the last few years, China has confirmed its position as a leading market in the solar energy industry. According to the Chinese National Energy Administration, the total installed capacity of solar PV plants developed in China over the course of 2020 reached a staggering 48.2 GW, marking a 60% increase from the previous year. These impressive figures represent more than a third of the PV capacity added globally.

Not only is the Chinese market huge in size, but it also boasts enormous potential for growth in the near future, as is reflected by the opinion of +100 industry experts who participated in a research report carried out by RatedPower. Projections for 2021 forecast the development of an additional capacity of between 60 GW and 75 GW. Despite increasing constraints in land supply and grid connection, utility-scale installations will make the largest contribution to the development of Chinese PV in 2021, PV Magazine points out.

In order to improve user experience, pvDesign is constantly evolving. In light of the importance of the Chinese market, RatedPower has made it a priority to tailor to the needs of Chinese companies. The newly supported Chinese electrical standards (GB 50217-2018) and pvDesign Chinese interface and engineering documentation, drawings and spreadsheets will hopefully be effective in helping Chinese companies optimise the design and engineering of utility-scale PV plants in the most efficient manner.

Chinese interface and documentation

pvDesign’s Chinese interface is the latest addition to the previously available English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. By using pvDesign, users can automatically and rapidly generate 300+ pages of both basic and detailed engineering documentation useful for quoting and bidding among other processes (e.g. Design Report, Energy Yield Report, Interconnection Facility Report, Bill of Quantities, Single-Line Diagrams, Listing of Cables, etc.). All said documents are now also available in a Chinese version.

Chinese electrical standards

Another major pvDesign update geared towards Chinese users is the newly-added support for Chinese electrical standards (GB 50217-2018) in terms of cross-section cable sizing. Chinese users can now easily use pvDesign to simulate projects which conform to local standards.

All in all, RatedPower will continue to adapt pvDesign not only to the Chinese market, but to all of the markets where it has presence, trying to fulfill its customer specific needs while staying a global tool.

If you have any questions regarding the methodology or any other standards you would like to see implemented, please feel free to reach out and tell us more about your ideas. Request a free demo to see this in action.

What you should do now

Whenever you’re ready, here are 4 ways we can help you grow your solar business and reduce LCOE of your PV plants.

  1. Get hands-on with a free pvDesign demo. If you’d like to learn the ins and outs of how top photovoltaic software can help your engineering team, go ahead and request your free demo. One of our solar experts will understand your current design and engineering workflows, and then suggest practical tips on how to speed up them though the right tool.
  2. If you’d like to learn insights, ideas and inspiration for the low-carbon energy transition for free, go to our blog or visit our resources section, where you can download guides, templates and checklists solar successful pros use.
  3. If you’d like to work with other passionate experts on our team, or learn more about our purpose and corporate values, then see our Careers page.
  4. If you know another solar designer, developer or engineer who’d enjoy reading this page, share it with them via email, LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Gonzalo de Blas

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