FTC Solar’s automated design platform, SunDAT, increases productivity throughout the solar design process. The platform reduces typical design duration from days to hours by automating engineering tasks and optimizing system output. SunDAT provides the means to quickly take your project from concept to permitting while minimizing project costs.
SunDAT is a proprietary software extension for the SketchUp 3D modeling program that facilitates automated design and optimization of photovoltaic systems. It allows users to model residential, commercial or utility-scale sites, in rooftop, ground or canopy settings with no limitations on system size. The software optimizes system layout, equipment hierarchy and energy output based on local site constraints, user preference and industry best-practices. SunDAT automates a substantial portion of the design process including:
- Shadow Simulation
- Module Layout
- Electrical Design
- Topographic Analysis
- Structural Layout
- Energy Modeling (via NREL SAM)
- …and more
SunDAT can export designs to AutoCAD for continued design and construction set creation. The software also exports additional system information in Excel format including the bill of materials, wire schedules and energy analysis reports.
Automatically assess shading impact of site specific obstacles
Take into account topographical effects across the site
Fully scalable from residential to commercial to utility scale