Solar power is the future. There’s no doubt about it. Even Shell knows it (see pessimistic chart on right). But the solar future isn’t just about replacing dirty energy; it’s also about bringing clean electricity to millions of people who don’t have it. The beauty (well, one of the beauties) of solar energy is that it is available in the most remote places on earth. Rather than having to ship fuel to such places continuously, all that’s needed is the technology, then the fuel comes automatically.
Still, designing solar power systems for remote and rugged regions can be difficult, and building the systems can also be a challenge.
“The world’s electricity production has almost doubled in less than 25 years, yet a quarter of the global population still has no access to power,” Dassault Systemes* aptly writes. And Dassault can also help us with this:
“Using Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the energy companies of today can virtually design, build and test the power generation systems of tomorrow,” which is great in that it “allows stakeholders to work collaboratively and maximize efficiency.” This is helpful for any project, but especially for remote projects.
It actually amazes me sometimes how much is still done in person, requiring long flights, even intercontinental flights, when it could be done virtually but still collaboratively. I’m in a unique position, as I work with online publishing platforms, but it’s not as if publishing, socializing, and watching cat videos are the only things you can do online and via modern computer technology. So much time and money can be saved by using technology to design and plan systems from the comfort of your own home or office.
3D printing gets a lot of attention these days (deservedly so), but 3D design and visualization is also an important advance that allows for more efficient and effective commercial advancements.
The “first movers” who adopt more efficient and more effective systems within their sectors get great advantage from doing so. How much advantage could be had from 3D modeling and design, virtual collaboration, cutting-edge business coordination technology?
Looks powerful and fun to me. Whether you’re designing remote solar power plants; creating a new solar power plant model; designing and visualizing solar modules, solar cells, or other solar technology; collaborating with project partners halfway around the globe; trying to impress potential investors and stand out in how you communicate and demonstrate your product concept; or something else, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform looks pretty wicked and useful. Look into it if you think it might fit your company.
The solar energy future is bright, but that doesn’t mean every solar company will succeed. It is a competitive market.
*Disclosure: Dassault Systemes generously supported this article.