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How to import data on SAM


What is SAM?

The System Advisor Model (SAM) is an open source (free) software model that facilitates decision-making for people in the renewable energy industry:

  1. Project managers and engineers
  2. Policy analysts
  3. Technology developers
  4. Researchers

SAM can model diffrentes types of renewable energy systems:

  • Photovoltaic systems( from small residential rooftop to large utility-scale systems).
  • Battery storage with Lithium ion, lead acid, or flow batteries for front-of-meter or behind-the-meter applications
  • Concentrating Solar Power systems for electric power generation, including parabolic trough, power tower, and linear Fresnel
  • Industrial process heat from parabolic trough and linear Fresnel systems
  • Wind power, from individual turbines to large wind farms
  • Marine energy wave and tidal systems
  • Solar water heating
  • Fuel cells
  • Geothermal power generation
  • Biomass combustion for power generation
  • High concentration photovoltaic systems.

How to make your location on SAM

IF  you are not in the USA and you want to work on SAM you have to download a weather file of your city, in order to do that follow this guide:

1.First Method

#Step 1


  1. With the cursor choose your location.
  2. the best format to use with SAM is the typical-year (TMY) in the EPW format.
  3. make the file in a folder .

#Step 2

Go to the program on the top left; location and Resource click on the button Add/remove  weather file folders.

2.Second Method

#Step 1

Go to —->

#Step 2

Now youhave to select your location and click o like in the below screen :

You can see the format of the  file you download is the typical-year (TMY)

  1. Click on the button Add/remove  weather file folders
  2. Click the button refresh  library.

Modeling wind turbines on Sam

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