Databases

Starting with Version 2020 (R1), PV*SOL® uses online databases that require an Internet connection to use. On the one hand, the online databases contain the system datasets; on the other hand, the datasets you have created yourself are also stored there.

In the menu Databases you can view and modify the following components and create new data records:

System datasets are product and tariff datasets that are provided by Valentin Software GmbH, but whose content is maintained by the manufacturers themselves.

User-IDs

To use the online databases, in particular to create your own data records, you need a user ID. This is automatically created for you at the first start of PV*SOL®. You can share your user ID with others to share access to your self-created datasets. You can manage the user IDs in the program options.

What happens if there is no connection to the Internet?

PV*SOL® can be used without a connection to the Internet. Your installation contains offline databases, which are used in this case as backup. The offline databases contain readonly system datasets. This results in the following restrictions when using PV*SOL®:

  • No new datasets can be created.
  • There is no access to self-created datasets (these are located in the online databases)
  • The offline databases may not be up to date compared to the online databases, as the online databases are continuously updated. The updating of the offline databases, on the other hand, is linked to the publication date of the respective PV*SOL® release.

For communication with the online databases, PV*SOL® uses our API. Please allow access to the following URL: https://db-api.pvsol.de/

Changelog

Via the menu Databases > Changelog the changes of the online databases of the respective publication date are displayed. This allows you to track when products have been updated or newly added.

Dialogue: Changelog of the online databases

Database import

Do you already have your own datasets? You can import the products or tariffs you have created in PV*SOL®2019 or earlier versions into the online databases via the program options or the menu Databases > Import old databases and thus continue to use them.

Dialogue: Import old databases

Advantages of online databases

  • With your user ID, you always have access to your self-created datsets, even at different workstations (prerequisite: corresponding licenses for the different workstations are available)
  • Sharing your user ID with others gives you shared access to the same datasets
  • The online databases are always up to date

Is there a component missing in the databases with which you want to simulate? Send us an inquiry to database@valentin-software.com, we pass them on to the contact person of the respective manufacturer.