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Ángela Romero11-Jan-2023 07:45:002 min read

3D image modelling to optimise your solar plant design

Quintas Advisory engineers develop a 3D modelling system to optimise solar farm development processes.

Quintas Advisory renewable energy technical experts have established a step-by-step process to generate 3D imagery to support solar PV project development and evaluation. By drawing on geospatial datasets and using dedicated design software, our team can construct 3D images of a solar PV installation. Combined with the specialist solar PV software, our team can artificially model the position of a solar farm and its relationship with the topographical surroundings to assess engineering and design efficiency.


Increase accuracy and decrease time onsite

Scoping out the terrain of a potential project with a site survey is essential to determining whether it is feasible for solar panel installation in the first place, but what if you could do this remotely? Through producing accurate and detailed 3D visualisations, we enhance accuracy and reduce costs by remotely identifying potential hurdles in advance to avoid the need for reactive operational strategies. 


Take the guesswork out of your solar design process

3D image modelling offers an accurate solution to optimise the development of ground-level solar farms. Our new 3D modelling service ensures topographical assessments are more precise and efficient than 2D images. Through intelligent 3D digital modelling, our experts can build a realistic view of a site to understand a project’s feasibility, costs, and predicted energy yield.

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Innovative desktop study processes

The process begins by extracting geographical information for a specific site. Our engineers can then digitally simulate the topography of your project location by creating a 3D model of your site to assess location suitability and develop strategies to mitigate potential issues. Thanks to 3D modelling, we can identify crucial factors, such as steep slopes that 2D models cannot illustrate, which will help to avoid complications during the later stages of the project development process.

Our 3D image desktop study method ensures we can extract exact site information remotely, achieving higher quality data and site information, translating to a more accurate energy yield, performance ratio and produced energy results.

Through the integration of dedicated solar engineering software, the use of 3D mapping not only shows how a solar installation will look but how shadows will impact the site during specific times of the day. Using this information, we can identify when shading obstructions will occur and develop mitigation strategies for potential underperformance, generating performance values that you can trust.


Analyse the impact of shading

As part of our 3D modelling support, we produce an easy-to-understand shading report for your project that is ready to share with investors and other stakeholders. Dates of concern are easily identifiable, and you can track shading impact throughout the year to optimise your solar designs. 


Optimise your solar PV development plans

Gain an understanding of the topography of your solar site that is more efficient and accurate than traditional, expensive, and time-consuming onsite methods with our solar PV 3D modelling tool. We will help you ensure your array is in the best location to have the most sun exposure throughout the year and mitigate any obstructions. 



Make the optimal investment decisions to maximise your project’s energy yield by contacting our team today to discover how we can support you. 


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Ángela Romero

Ángela is a Senior Associate Project Engineer in the Quintas Advisory team. As a renewable energy and environment expert, she specialises in Thermographic Inspections with drones, 3D Image Modelling and BESS services.