Apr 08 2009

Energy Innovations to Drive Down the Cost of Solar Energy with Realistic Simulation from Dassault Systemes

Abaqus FEA from SIMULIA Provides Robust Analysis Capabilities to Accelerate Innovations for Sustainable Living

Paris, France and Providence, R.I., USA, April 8th, 2009 — Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Energy Innovations, Inc., a developer of High Concentration Photovoltaic (HCPV) commercial solar products that maximize the capture of energy from the sun, is making the use of solar energy a more cost-effective and intelligent consumer investment with the help of Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) software from the DS SIMULIA® brand. Reducing the cost of solar energy is an important factor in encouraging its use and reducing CO2 emissions from electricity generated by fossil fuels.

Energy Innovations’ flagship product line, the Sunflower™ integrates photovoltaic modules, unique power optimization, an embedded controller and wireless communication to produce cost-competitive solar power. It also provides reduced installation and maintenance costs. The technology is the first and only solar concentrator to earn a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listing. UL is the trusted resource across the globe for product safety certification and compliance solutions. - By using Abaqus FEA to simulate the effects of nonlinear materials and loads such as gravity, wind, and shipping loads on their designs, Energy Innovations has been able to optimize their unique concentrating photovoltaic design product.

“Abaqus FEA provides the usability and robustness we need to evaluate realistic performance during the design phase,” stated Mindy Jacobson, Lead Engineer, Energy Innovations. “By leveraging realistic simulation solutions from SIMULIA, we are able to develop the most cost-efficient design, which is helping us drive the price of solar-electricity below the price of fossil-fuel electricity.”

“We are dedicated to providing realistic simulation solutions that enable companies such as Energy Innovations to develop lower cost renewable energy products,” stated Ken Short, VP Strategy and Marketing, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. “Abaqus FEA offers proven analysis capabilities that are used to evaluate real-world performance earlier in the development cycle, thereby accelerating the delivery of innovative products that have a positive impact on our environment and society.”