PVsyst Team

André Mermoud

Author of the PVsyst software and founder of PVsyst SA

Training:

A graduate of the University of Geneva (1971), André Mermoud obtained his Ph.D in particle physics in 1977 following research at CERN.

His experiences in solar energy:
In 1978, he began with detailed studies of solar thermal systems and innovative energy systems in buildings, at the University of Geneva and several engineering companies.

In 1992, he started to develop the PVsyst software for the study and simulation of photovoltaic systems. He developed a tool for the 3D Shading constructions, the simulation of stand-alone PV systems, and pumping PV systems (including research about modeling of batteries and pumps). He also conducted research for a specific model of PV modules on any available technologies.
In 1996, he participated in the development of a training course (PACER program of the Swiss Confederation) on photovoltaic installations for engineers. Between 2007 and 2011, he provided trainings on photovoltaic technology for engineers within the framework of INES (National Institute of Solar Energy, France).
Today:
At the same time, André actively continues to develop the PVsyst software in order to incorporate the evolving needs of professionals and innovations in the PV industry. He provides a technical hotline for users and maintains the component databases closely related to the modeling results.

Michel Villoz

Founder of PVsyst SA

Training:

Michel Villoz graduated in 1977 from EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) with a diploma in electrical engineering. In 1980, he joined the world of solar energy to coordinate the technology transfer to Switzerland of a solar cells production line from Solarex (USA). He then managed the production of cells and participated to the design of the Pasan sun simulators.

Other experience in solar energy:

In 1985, Michel founded Dynatex SA to produce solar components and systems. From 1999 to 2004, he was a Swiss expert at the IEA (International Energy Agency) in the PVPS program. From 2001 to 2003, he participated in the European project INVERSTIRE to establish the specifications of the best storage technology for renewable energies.

Publications:

Michel is the author (with Anne Labouret) of « Solar Photovoltaics » published by the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology, Stevenage, UK), and of « Construire Ecolo » which present the main techniques for low-energy houses and in the field of renewable energies (puplished by Dunod in Paris).

Today

Michel works mainly as an independent consultant and expert in photovoltaic engineering. Furthermore he provides in-house PV training at INES (National Institute of Solar Energy, in France) and on-demand specialized training in PV technology abroad.

PVSyst Foundation

Our objectives

Given future scenarios, renewable energy sources, in particular photovoltaic technology, will develop quickly. This has to be done in a sustainable way using the best technical economical solutions.

It is essential to develop PV technology in an optimal and reliable way. Pursuing this objective, the PVsyst software is a tool that allows its user to accurately analyze different configurations and to evaluate the results and identify the best possible solution.
The PVsyst team is committed to developing the software in a way that ensure its sustainability.

The development of PV technology depends on the existence of a large group of highly-qualified professionals. To meet the needs of professional qualified engineers, PVsyst provides specific training on PV technologies and the PVsyst software.
Renewable energies are of major importance for the planet and developing countries: we will support energy projects that are focused on the acquisition of autonomy.

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