Web-app calculates the potential for solar cells

Financial potential in energy renovation

Sunmapper is a new online application to help private home owners in the assessment and potential for an investment in solar cells. By using data such as shadows, sunlight and solar energy, the online application can show exactly where your house receives the most sunlight and calculates whether solar cells is a good investment based on the expected return of investment.

Solar cell calculator is developed in the Smart City collaboration, where a steering committee has been established with representatives from the consulting engineering company NIRAS, Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality and DTU. The primary purpose is to gather and develop new tools for smarter calculations of sustanable urban development. The initiative is to emphasise the financial aspect of sustainable construction and development by giving home owners insights into the financial advantages of solar power.

Lyngby-Taarbæk as a testlab

The web application is developed in a collaboration between Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality and five former-DTU students, who can now call themselves entrepreneur with the founding of the company Picodat, who developed Sunmapper.  Initially, the online tool will only be available in Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality, which functions as a test lab, but the online application will be extended to the rest of the country by the end of the year.

”Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality has been a great partner during the whole process, where they have continuously provided knowledge and data. Now it’s time for the product to hit the market and here we have had the opportunity to use the municipality as a test lab in order to provide the optimal end-user experience. We expect to be able to expand sunmapper.dk to the rest of Denmark during fall 2016″, says Lars Holtse Bronde, CEO, Picodat.

Picodat is currently among the nominated initiatives for the Nordic Council’s Environment Award.

The municipality is delighted

“I am really excited that Lyngby-Taarbæk is able to provide data and support for this iniative as part of Vidensbyen. We are thrilled to be able to support such a committed group of local entrepreneurs and the invention (editor: the application) fits really well with the climate strategy of the municipality”, says Head of Engineering and Environment Commitee Mette Schmidt Olsen (K)

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